Weight loss and exercise may slim and tone the arms, but they do little to tighten lax skin. When skin on the upper arms has lost its elasticity due the natural aging process or significant weight changes, an arm lift at UVA Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville and Fishersville is likely the best solution. Our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest, evidence-based techniques for optimal healing and results.
Who is a candidate for arm lift surgery?
Adults who are in good health, are at or near a healthy weight, and want to tighten loose skin on the upper arms make good candidates for an arm lift. This procedure may be performed along with other procedures, such as a thigh lift and an extended tummy tuck, as part of a comprehensive body contouring plan after significant weight loss.
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How is arm lift surgery performed?
Our plastic surgeons typically perform arm lift surgery as outpatient surgery using local anesthetic with IV sedation or general anesthetic. Incisions are placed along the inner arms running from the armpit to the elbow where the resulting scars will not be obvious. After removing excess skin, the surgeon closes the incisions with meticulous care.
What can I expect during recovery?
It is common to initially experience a feeling of tightness in the upper arms due to swelling. The hands may swell and tingle as well. These symptoms typically fade within a few weeks of surgery. Patients are usually ready to return to non-strenuous jobs within 1 to 2 weeks.