As we age, the skin under our arms begins to sag. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, and worked hard to do so, excess arm skin can be even more pronounced and frustrating. Because it is skin, and not muscle or fat, you can’t exercise it into shape. The only way to remove it is through Arm Lift surgery.
During an arm lift, Dr. Heidari will remove excess fat and skin and tighten underlying supportive tissues. Dr. Heidari will make the incision toward the back of the arm so the scar is less visible and you have more natural cosmetic result. Sometimes, liposuction is combined with the procedure for fat removal. Once the incisions are closed, dressing is placed around the arms and a light compression garment may be used for two to three weeks. In some cases, drains are inserted for a day or two. The arm lift is often performed along with other body contouring procedures, such as a body lift, thigh lift, or abdominoplasty. While you may lose additional weight through an arm lift, this procedure is not meant as a weight-loss tool, but as a way to sculpt the upper arms.
After an arm lift procedure, you will wear a soft dressing for three to four days and a compression garment for two to three weeks. Pain is very tolerable and you can return to normal daily activity after about two weeks and return to regular exercise after about five to six weeks.