Should I Get an Arm Lift?

As you age, it is harder for your skin to keep from sagging, thanks to the effects of lower collagen production and increased muscle loss. Your arms are a part of your body that doesn’t respond well to extra exercise as you age—you can lift weights or exercise all you want, but you might never get rid of the sagging under your arms. A brachioplasty, commonly called an arm lift, can get rid of the excess sagging skin.

Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery

When the skin becomes loose and sags under your upper arms, it is usually from aging. It can also be from excessive weight loss. If the skin under your arms moves loosely or flaps, you could be a great candidate for arm lift surgery.

The procedure removes the loose skin and fat that accumulates under your arm and returns contour and tone to your arm. However, you do need to be at or near your ideal weight before you get a brachioplasty, as you will have more sagging if you lose more weight.

The Arm Lift Procedure

Before you have an arm lift, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. David Altamira, who will go over your medical history and let you know the things you must do prior to surgery. You may have to stop taking certain medications, stop smoking, or lose more weight.

During your procedure, Dr. Altamira makes an incision, usually from your elbow to your underarm, and removes the excess fat. He then works to reposition the muscle tissue and trim the excess skin.

In some cases, if you don’t have an extensive amount of sagging skin, your surgeon can make smaller incisions to remove the fat instead of one long incision. However, you won’t see as much tightening as if you were to have one long incision.

Recovering From Arm Lift Surgery

The recovery process for arm lift surgery is not as difficult as other cosmetic surgical procedures. You may have one or more drainage tubes on your incision. You will need to wear compression garments for both of your arms to reduce swelling, which should be gone within two weeks. You’ll have to avoid lifting and other strenuous activity until your arm heals, but most people can return to work within one to two weeks.

Where to Find Arm Lift Surgery in Sugar Land, TX

David Altamira, MD, serves Sugar Land, Houston, and the surrounding areas in Texas. To find out more about arm lift surgery, speak with Dr. Altamira today. To schedule a consultation, please call (713) 271-9000.

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