If you feel uncomfortable wearing sleeveless garments because of your upper arms, you could benefit from an arm lift at Boulder Plastic Surgery, conveniently located near Denver. There are a number of reasons your upper arms can appear droopy or saggy, including heredity, aging, or rapid weight fluctuation. An arm lift is an ideal option for patients who have found that these areas do not respond to regular diet and exercise. While it is possible to strengthen the arm muscles through exercise, it does not do anything to tighten skin that has lost elasticity or get rid of stubborn pockets of fat.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, addresses all of your concerns about the upper arms by reshaping the area through fat reduction and skin tightening. The result is a more toned and smooth appearance from shoulder to elbow.
What to Expect From Arm Lift Surgery
Patients will be under anesthesia during arm lift surgery to ensure comfort. After surgery, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for and clean the surgical site, change bandages, and minimize your movements. You will be swollen and sore after surgery, with the majority of it wearing off in about a week, while some residual side effects will take up to a month to subside. You must also wear a compression garment on the arms to help keep the skin tight while scars and connective tissue are re-forming in order to give the surgical site stability.
It will take 2-6 weeks for your incisions to close up and heal, during which time you’ll be limited to the amount of movement and exercise you can undergo. Harsh movements, heavy lifting, and raising the blood pressure too much can hinder healing and exacerbate scarring.
Full healing and fading of scars can take up to a year to complete. The good news is that the results of arm lift surgery are fairly permanent. Of course, some loosening of the skin will happen with natural aging, and rapid weight gain can affect the area, but the results from the surgery itself are long-lasting.
Denver patients seeking an arm lift can schedule a consultation with the doctors at Boulder Plastic Surgery to discuss their surgical options.