Procedure Time: 2 Hrs
Recovery Time: 1 Weeks
Why Get an Arm Lift?
Weight loss sometimes leaves certain body parts saggy and deflated. Arms serve as a prime example and can contain excess skin that is unflattering. Many in Seattle consider an arm lift. Also known as a brachioplasty, an arm lift surgically improves the contours of their arms. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, arm lifts are among the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed after weight loss. This surgery is necessary to remove the loose skin deformity. Dr. Craig Jonov helps those from the Seattle area take this step towards completing the transformation of their weight loss journey.
During arm lift surgery, Dr. Jonov, first, makes an incision along the inner arm–from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision is made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, our plastic surgeon will use a tightening technique internally. These surgical efforts result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Questions about Arm Lifts
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients with excess fat inside their arms are possible candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is a brachioplasty procedure. Patients with relatively good skin tone–but also excess fat in the arms–sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. Therefore, it is recommended patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to assist in the healing process.
Arm lift patients often combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, Dr. Jonov will discuss each surgery and make recommendations on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
Cosmetic surgeons perform arm lifts to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way patients build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms fully heal, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.
During/After Arm Lifts
Dr. Jonov performs brachioplasty under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Finally, following surgery, the patient should keep the arm elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients experience a slow return of normal function. Specifically, arm and hand strength will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jonov or with questions about Arm Lifts, contact us at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery serving Kirkland, Bellevue & Lynnwood, WA.
”The best plastic surgeon in Seattle/Washington, hands down. I went to six other doctors before I found Dr. Jonov for my arm lift. He is friendly and knowledgable and the staff was great each time I went in to the office. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Jonov to my friends, family and coworkers.Kathy AMAZING and so satisfied with the results... SO HAPPY!