Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift removes loose, hanging skin from the upper arms that is often caused by aging or significant weight loss. An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia and involves incisions across the skin of the upper arm to remove the excess fat and skin. The remaining skin is then redraped to create a slimmer, firmer appearance. The incisions are made in a way that will promote better healing.
After an arm lift, patients are advised to keep their arms elevated and wear a compression garment to help facilitate the healing process. Patients can usually return to work after a week or two but should avoid physical activity for three or four weeks.