Aging, weight fluctuations and genetics can sometimes lead to the drooping and sagging appearance of upper arms. Exercise may help strengthen and tone this area, but will not affect the lost elasticity, weakened tissue or localized fat deposits. Dr. Dawes can perform an arm lift to reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow. The result is smoother skin and contours, and a more toned and proportionate appearance of the arms.
As with other cosmetic procedures, arm lift surgery is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
An arm lift reduces excess sagging skin, helps smooth underlying tissue, and reduces localized pockets of fat. During this procedure, Dr. Dawes makes an incision on the inside surface of the arm. Internal sutures are used to tighten and reshape the underlying and supportive tissue.
The length and pattern of the incision vary, depending on the amount and location of the excess skin. Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that are removed within one to two weeks.
Recovery can take about one to two weeks. While still subject to the aging process, the results of arm lift surgery can be long lasting, assuming that a stable weight and general fitness are maintained.