Samuel Sohn, MD, understands that the arms can be an integral part of your self-image and confidence. In Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, Florida, our clients often seek a plastic surgery procedure known as an arm lift for various reasons. Whether it’s due to significant weight loss leading to excess skin, natural aging affecting the arm’s elasticity, or simply the desire for a more toned and contoured appearance, an arm lift can offer a transformative solution. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals through this procedure, ensuring you feel confident and comfortable in your skin.

What Is An Arm Lift?

An arm lift, medically known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and improve the appearance of the upper arms. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from between the underarm and the elbow, reshaping the underlying supportive tissue, and smoothing and tightening loose skin. It’s ideal for individuals who have sagging skin due to aging, weight fluctuations, or hereditary factors.

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Benefits of Arm Lift

The arm lift procedure offers several benefits:

  • Improved Contour: Reshapes the underarm area, resulting in a more toned and proportionate appearance.
  • Reduced Excess Skin and Fat: Removes loose, sagging skin and can reduce localized pockets of fat.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Decreases discomfort and irritation caused by excess skin.
  • Increased Confidence: Boosts self-esteem by enhancing the arm’s appearance.

Preparing for Arm Lift

To prepare for an arm lift, a series of steps are recommended to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. It begins with a detailed consultation with Dr. Sohn, where you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history, and what to expect from the surgery. A thorough health evaluation follows to ascertain your suitability for the procedure. Crucial to the preparation are lifestyle adjustments, such as stopping smoking, avoiding certain medications, and maintaining a stable weight, as these factors play a significant role in achieving optimal surgical results.

The Arm Lift Procedure

The arm lift procedure at our clinic is a meticulous outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, typically spanning 2 to 3 hours. The surgery involves making an incision that begins in the armpit and runs either on the inside or the back of the arm to the elbow, depending on the extent of the skin removal required. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed using liposuction while excess skin is excised. The underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures to enhance the arm’s contour. Finally, the incisions are closed, ensuring the skin is smoothly adjusted over the newly shaped arm. This procedure is designed to provide a more youthful and toned appearance to the upper arms. An extended arm lift is also available for individuals who have a significant amount of lateral chest looseness. The incisions are extended beyond the armpit to allow the removal of lateral chest skin and tissue.

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Arm Lift Recovery and Results

Recovery times vary, but most patients return to normal activities within 2 weeks. Full recovery may take several weeks during which you will wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Results are immediately visible and improve over time as swelling decreases. Scars will gradually fade but are permanent. Drains are left in place for up to a week after the operation. Long-term results depend on maintaining a stable weight and overall fitness.

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FAQs about Arm Lift

A good candidate for an arm lift is typically an individual who has significant upper arm skin laxity. This procedure is well-suited for adults of any age, provided their weight is relatively stable and they are not significantly overweight. It’s important for candidates to be healthy, without medical conditions that could impair healing or increase the risk of surgery. Patients should be nonsmokers, as smoking can affect the healing process and increase surgical risks. Additionally, it’s crucial for candidates to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcomes of an arm lift. This mindset helps in achieving satisfaction with the results and understanding the extent of the changes that the surgery can bring.

Arm lift surgery, like any surgical procedure, comes with a set of potential risks. These include anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, blood clots, damage to deeper structures, fat necrosis, seroma, wound breakdown, as well as numbness or changes in skin sensation, among others. Finally, unsightly scarring is a significant consideration. While Dr. Sohn uses advanced surgical techniques that aim to minimize scarring, the degree and appearance of scars can vary based on individual healing processes and other factors. It’s important for anyone considering an arm lift to be aware of these risks and to discuss them thoroughly with Dr. Sohn during the consultation process.

The results of an arm lift surgery are generally long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and good fitness levels. While it is natural for your body to lose some firmness as you age, the majority of the improvements gained from the surgery should remain relatively permanent. To ensure the success and longevity of your surgery, it’s crucial to follow Dr. Sohn’s post-operative instructions and advice closely. This adherence plays a key role in sustaining the outcomes of the procedure over time.

Scarring is an expected outcome of an arm lift surgery, with the visibility and degree of scars varying among individuals. Factors influencing scar appearance include your skin tone, with different tones responding differently to the healing process, and any personal history of raised scars or keloids, which can lead to more prominent scarring. Additionally, how much the scarred area is exposed to the sun can affect scar visibility, as sunlight can darken scars. The exact location of the incisions also plays a significant role in how noticeable the scars are. Understanding these factors can help set realistic expectations about post-surgical scarring. It’s important to discuss these aspects with Dr. Sohn to gain a clear understanding of how they might apply to your specific case.

Yes, an arm lift can indeed be combined with other body contouring procedures, a practice common in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This approach allows for a more comprehensive transformation and can be particularly beneficial for patients looking to address multiple areas of concern. During the initial consultation, Dr. Sohn will assess your overall health, your specific goals, and the areas where you wish to remove excess skin or fat deposits. Depending on these factors, an arm lift can be effectively combined with a body lift, tummy tuck, thigh lift, or breast lift. Additionally, facial procedures like a facelift or brow lift can be performed in the same surgical session, although Dr. Sohn will carefully consider the total operative time and recovery implications. This comprehensive approach to cosmetic surgery can provide more pronounced and satisfying results for those looking to enhance multiple body areas simultaneously.

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Dr. Sohn is dedicated to providing you with a safe, comfortable, and satisfying arm lift experience. Contact us to schedule your consultation and embark on your journey to more youthful, toned arms.

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