When an Arm Lift Is Right
Dr. Castellano recommends arm lifts based on the following factors:
Loss of skin elasticity after weight loss
Having large fat deposits in the upper arm stretches out the skin. Although the weight may be lost, sometimes the skin doesn’t return to its normal shape and instead stays stretched out. This causes loose flaps or “bat wings” which are removed through an arm lift.
Age and gravity
Over time, our skin loses its natural elasticity and starts to sag. This can be a problem in any area of the body, including the upper arms. By performing a brachioplasty, Dr. Castellano removes excess skin from this area to make the arms look younger.
Unhappiness with your current look
Sometimes the reason for wanting any cosmetic procedure is as simple as not liking the way you look. If you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your arms and want them to look sleeker and more toned, an arm lift may be right for you.
What to Expect
During an arm lift at our Tampa clinic, Dr. Castellano will first mark where the incision will be made. In general, a long incision will run from armpit to elbow on the inside portion of the arm, though some arm lifts only require a shorter incision. Arm lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia. After the excess fat and skin are removed from the arm, Dr. Castellano will pull the remaining skin together, stitch up the incision and apply dressings. The typical arm lift will take just an hour or two, depending on the patient’s needs.
Recovery and Results
Following your procedure, you may be in some discomfort initially, although this is managed with pain medication and usually resolves by the end of the first week. Certain movements, like lifting the arms, may continue to hurt for a bit longer. During surgery, Dr. Castellano will have made every effort to place the incision so that the resulting scar will not be seen in your normal standing pose. Although you may feel self-conscious at first, most patients find that the scar fades so much over time as to be barely noticeable in the long run.