Extra skin on the upper arms can often be an undesirable effect of significant weight loss. Upper arm skin may become loose and begin to sag simply because of age, but also commonly occurs in patients who have had bariatric surgery. If upper arm fat is preventing you from comfortably wearing tank tops or t-shirts, brachioplasty may be the solution. Even people who have good bicep definition may still have skin sagging below their arms. Brachioplasty is sometimes combined with Liposuction or treatments with the TriPollar Apollo in our office.
Good candidates for brachioplasty are in general good health and have had a stable weight for several months. Brachioplasty patients are looking to remove loose skin on the arms that has been resistant to diet and exercise.
Brachioplasty surgery will generally take around 2 hours. Dr. Lichten will remove the loose skin by pulling toward the center line of the bottom of the arm, along the groove in the biceps muscle. After surgery, you will be left with a scar down the inside of the arm, which will gradually fade over time. Our brachioplasty patients report that the trade off of arm fat and skin is well worth the scar left behind by the surgery.
For the first few days after surgery, patients are sore and have trouble using their arms. A support person will be necessary for the first couple of days after surgery to help out with routine tasks. Over the next few weeks, patients begin a gradual return to activity and in 4-6 weeks, most patients return to full activity.