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What Does Brachioplasty Do for Sagging Arms?

Published on March 16, 2020

As you get older or lose excessive amounts of weight, the skin on your upper arms starts to hang down and become flappy. This generally occurs in people who do not have elastic skin, or who have lost so much weight that their skin cannot fit the new contours of their body anymore.

Flappy skin on your upper arms generally has a very deflated appearance. In contrast, upper arms that are well-toned tend to have a more rotund appearance.

The Procedure

Brachioplasty or arm lift procedure is a standard operation conducted with general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove any excess fat that causes the skin on your arms to hang. They will also remove additional skin from the back of your arm. If there is too much skin, the surgeon will remove some from the top of your arm, all the way to your armpits.

Once the healing process is complete, you will notice a visible difference in the way your arm looks. Your upper arms will look proportionate as compared to the rest of your body. However, do not expect your arms to look toned or well-defined after this procedure. With Brachioplasty surgery, the surgeon will only remove excess skin and fat. The procedure will not introduce more muscles to your upper arms.

Consult your surgeon thoroughly before the surgery. Be realistic about your expectations from the surgery to prevent yourself from becoming disillusioned by what you see in the mirror after recovery.

Please call the practice for any inquiries

We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic and skin rejuvenation services. For other procedures, patients are responsible for any health insurance co-pay or deductibles.

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