Arm Lift




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The dreaded batwing effect that loose skin can have on the arms can be corrected by arm lift surgery. In a certified outpatient surgical facility, board certified Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro offers arm lift procedures to his patients.

Individuals often come to Dr. Alfaro after losing a large amount of weight, such as with bariatric surgery. This dramatic weight loss can result in skin that has lost its elasticity. By removing sagging skin from the upper arms, Dr. Alfaro can help patients realize an improved self-esteem and desire to show off their trim-looking upper arms.

What to Expect During an Arm Lift

What is it?

An arm lift is a surgical procedure performed by your plastic surgeon to remove loose skin on the upper arms. Remaining tissues are then pulled taut to achieve a more toned look.



Surgery time:

1-2 hours

Recovery time:

up to 4 weeks

How an Arm Lift Works

Arm lift surgery may be performed with a local or general anesthetic. In either case, you will sleep through the procedure and feel comfortable. In the initial steps of your arm lift, Dr. Alfaro will make a careful incision on the inside of your upper arm, from your armpit to your elbow. He will take care to make the incision as inconspicuous as possible. At this site of this incision, Dr. Alfaro will remove the loose tissue and fat that contribute to the sagging look of your upper arms. He will then suture the remaining tissue together to close the incision. By pulling the remaining tissue taut, he will achieve an upper arm that looks slimmer and more toned.

A compression garment will likely be applied to hold the new shape of your arms. These will likely need to be worn for a few weeks.

In some cases, Dr. Alfaro may be able to forgo removal of tissue and only perform liposuction to achieve the same effect. For this, skin elasticity must be adequate and the skin must exhibit minimal sagginess.

Following your arm lift surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and a companion to assist you at home for a few days, as well. In this initial healing period, your activity will need to be limited, especially movement of your arms. You may experience some swelling and discomfort during this time. The swelling should subside within two weeks. Dr. Alfaro may prescribe medication to help you manage discomfort. Dr. Alfaro will let you know when you can add exercise in to your routine.

Arm Lift FAQ

How is an arm lift performed?

When Dr. Alfaro perform an arm lift in Tucson, an incision will be made along the inside of your upper arm. At this incision site, Dr. Alfaro will remove the excess skin that hangs from your arm and may also use liposuction to further slenderize its appearance. When a satiafactory result is achieved, the doctor closes the incisions with sutures and applies a surgical dressing.

Will arm lift surgery leave scars?

Any surgery will likely leave some type of scar, whether it is easily noticeable or not. Arm lift surgery will leave a scar on the underside of your arm, but it will fade slightly and flatten out over time. Patients willingly accept some scarring as a trade-off to remove the excess hanging skin.

How will I care for my arms after surgery?

When you leave surgery, Dr. Alfaro will have your arms wrapped in a compression garment which will maintain their new shape. Swelling will gradually subside and discomfort can be managed with medication. During your recovery, Dr. Alfaro may advise you to keep your arms elevated, among other steps that will be described in detail within your post-operative instructions.

When can I get back to work?

You will need to limit your activity for several weeks. Recovery may impact your job for some time, if you do much manual work.

Scheduling Your Arm Lift in Tucson

As a means to create more toned-looking arms, we encourage you to look into arm lift surgery. Board certified Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro is eager to hear from you. Please call us today at (520) 323-9720 to schedule a consultation. Email us for more information.