Exercise can tone the muscles of the upper arms, but push-ups will never remove excess skin, no matter how many you do. An Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) removes the excess skin and fat on the upper arms, making them firm again.
This loose skin and fat on the upper arms develops either as a result of aging or significant weight loss. For this reason, it is frequently done as part of post-bariatric surgery.
Dr. Munasifi will listen to your concerns about your upper arms and create a customized surgical plan for you. He has a host of techniques available to him, and he will choose the ones that are best for your anatomy and the results you want.
What areas does an Arm Lift treat?
An Arm Lift with Dr. Munasifi removes excess skin and fat that sometimes develop on the underside of the upper arms. As a result, the arms look toned with no more hanging flesh.
What procedures complement an Arm Lift?
It is not uncommon for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight to need a series of body contouring procedures to remove the excess skin that remains, such as a Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck, or Body Lift.
How long does an Arm Lift last?
Dr. Munasifi’s Arm Lift techniques are long-lasting, but the aging process does continue and varies from person to person. While sagging of the tissue on the upper arms can recur, it is unlikely to return to the same degree as before the surgery.
What kind of anesthesia is required for an Arm Lift?
The surgery is performed either using general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with sedation. It is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Anesthesia is always provided by a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist.
You will need to have someone available to drive you home, however. Alternatively, we can provide a car service to bring you to your surgery appointment and take you home for a minimal fee, provided you have an adult to accompany you.
What happens during an Arm Lift?
Dr. Munasifi makes small incisions in the armpits and/or along the inside of the upper arm to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue. Fat may be removed using Liposuction. In this case, a small tube called a cannula is inserted into an incision and attached to a suction device, which removes the fat.
After the procedure is completed, special bandages are applied to the arms. You will then spend a period of time in our recovery room before you can go home.
When can I return to work after an Arm Lift?
All of our patients are able to leave the house the day after their procedure. Many of our patients begin working from home within 4-5 days, and most return to the office within 1-2 weeks. If you have a job that requires lifting or physical work, you may need 3-6 weeks off.
What is recovery like after an Arm Lift?
Dr. Munasifi is very particular about patient care after procedures, so he will meet with you multiple times throughout the recovery process to monitor your healing. All surgical follow-up appointments are provided free of charge, as he wants you to feel comfortable with bringing up any concerns or questions you have.
If drains are placed in the incisions to capture post-surgical fluids, these will be removed in a few days. After 4-5 days, the bandages are removed, and the sutures are removed in 1-2 weeks. For the majority of the bruising and swelling to subside, however, recovery usually takes 3-4 weeks. The swelling will resolve last, and we may give you compression garments to wear to keep the swelling to a minimum.
It’s normal to experience some soreness, bruising, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling. We will give you a prescription for pain medication, but many patients find that non-prescription painkillers such as Tylenol are enough.
Since strenuous activity can increase blood pressure, it’s very important to avoid heavy exercise for about 6 weeks. However, being completely inactive is one of the worst things you can do after a procedure. Dr. Munasifi encourages patients to take regular long walks beginning the day after surgery but to avoid lifting. You should be able to resume light exercise after about 6 weeks.
Scars will only be seen when you lift your arms, and they will become less noticeable after enough time has passed for them to mature. We will give you strategies to help the scars heal faster and better.
Rest assured that we will give you detailed instructions for your recovery, and we will be available to answer your questions and monitor your progress during follow-up examinations. Dr. Munasifi believes in providing the attention you need to feel comfortable about your procedure, and he loves getting to know his patients.