Loose, sagging skin under the arms is a natural result of aging or significant weight loss. While weight loss will reduce or eliminate excess fat deposits, it won’t affect the skin — stretched-out skin won’t “snap back” over a slimmer arm. To address this loose skin and restore a pleasing appearance to the arms, Dr. David Horvath performs arm lift, or brachioplasty, at his Philadelphia plastic surgery practice.
Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift?
Typically, arm lift candidates are individuals who:
- Are physically healthy and psychologically stable
- Have relatively stable weight / are not significantly overweight
- Do not have an uncontrolled medical condition that could increase the risks of surgery or impair the healing process
- Have realistic goals of the surgical outcome
- Understand the potential (rare) risks of surgery
Dr. Horvath meets with every candidate on an individual basis to evaluate them for arm lift surgery. During your appointment, he will examine your arms and ask you about your ideal cosmetic outcome. If he decides that you are a good candidate and you decide to schedule your surgery, you will receive comprehensive pre-operative instructions.
The Arm Lift Procedure
Arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia will be administered for your comfort.
Dr. Horvath begins by making an incision from the armpit to the elbow; he will place the incisions in the most inconspicuous locations possible to prevent visible scarring. In some cases, the incision may extend to the side of the chest.
Through the incision, he will remove excess fat (using liposuction techniques) and excise glandular tissue. Dr. Horvath will remove excess skin and bring the incisions together to create a firmer and smoother arm contour. He will close the incisions with sutures, apply a surgical dressing and place a compression garment to help the arms heal.
Recovery and Results
After surgery, there will be some swelling, bruising and soreness. The compression garment will help to control the swelling and should be kept in place until Dr. Horvath removes it. If you experience discomfort, take oral pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Horvath. The post-operative side effects will subside with time.
Avoid any strenuous activity, including exercise, bending and lifting your arms. Dr. Horvath will advise when it is safe to return to work, exercise and other daily activities.
After making a full recovery from arm lift, you will enjoy a more attractive and fit arm appearance for many years to come. You will feel more confident wearing short-sleeve or sleeveless blouses and dresses. You can maintain your new arm contour by exercising regularly, eating healthfully and avoiding significant weight gain. Your body will continue to age and your skin will lose some of its elasticity, but, for the most part, your arms will keep their new shape and tone.
To see before and after photos of Dr. Horvath’s arm lift patients, click here.
Contact Dr. Horvath
If you are embarrassed by excess loose skin on your upper arms, and desire a tighter and more toned arm appearance, please contact Dr. Horvath at 215-884-2880 to schedule an informative consultation.