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An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty is performed to surgically eliminate loose, hanging skin and excess fat deposits from the upper arms. Aging, significant weight loss, and long term excessive sun exposure can all lead to a loss of skin elasticity causing upper arms to be loose and flabby.  
 
How Is It Done?
Sagging skin in the upper arms is treated with an incision from the underarm area extending along the inside of the upper arm. Additional incisions on the arms may be necessary anywhere excess skin has formed sagging pockets. The smoother, tighter contours that result from upper arm contouring are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising. While you are still in the operating room, elastic bandages and/or a compression garment is applied to help control swelling. In addition, skin quality is dramatically improved in both appearance and texture.
 
Recovering After Surgery
During the first week after the procedure, your arms should be elevated as much as possible.  A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. A compression garment should be worn three to four weeks to control swelling and help with the healing process.  We also advise six weeks for any upper arm workouts.  Some tightness could remain in the area for up to three months and the scars may remain pink for up to one year.

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