Eliminate Excess Skin and Improve Contouring with Arm Lift Surgery

If you have been unable to achieve your aesthetic goals through diet and exercise alone, arm lift surgery can provide you with beautifully sculpted arms. During this body contouring procedure, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. David Passaretti can lift and tighten sagging skin and remove excess fat from the upper arms. Dr. Passaretti uses precise techniques to ensure your results look completely natural and result in minimal scarring. To learn more about whether arm lift surgery is right for you, contact our Fairfield County office and schedule an appointment today.

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A Closer Look at Arm Lift Surgery

Dr. Passaretti can use two techniques to create the contoured look you desire. One technique involves the redraping of upper arm skin and surgical excision of excess tissues. A second technique uses liposuction on the upper arms to remove excess fat.

Lift Techniques

In some cases, the removal of excess skin is sufficient to reach the patient's treatment goals. During this type of procedure, Dr. Passaretti will create incisions that extend from the inside of the elbow along the inside of the arm to the armpit. Through this incision, he is able to manipulate the skin and its underlying tissues. He will gently redrape tissue, pulling it taut around the muscles and carefully removing any excess before suturing the incision closed. This technique is best for patients with a large amount of loose, excess skin.

Liposuction

Liposuction can be performed on its own or in conjunction with the removal of excess skin. Liposuction uses a specialized instrument called a cannula. The cannula will be inserted through small incisions in a patient's upper arm, where it gently suctions away fat deposits. Liposuction cannot lift the skin on the arms or remove excess tissue, and is intended simply to reduce stubborn fat that has collected on the upper arms. Dr. Passaretti can help you determine whether one or both of these treatments are ideal for your body type and cosmetic concerns.

Surgery Benefits

Arm lift surgery can provide a patient with numerous benefits:

  • Your arms will have a more toned contour and sleeker shape.
  • You can experience a significant boost in your confidence.
  • Your clothing may fit better, making shopping a more pleasant experience.
  • Excess arm skin that once got caught or pinched during exercise or other activities will no longer be a concern.

Many of our patients choose to have Dr. Passaretti perform their arm lifts at the same time as other body contouring procedures. For example, patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight may undergo arm lift in conjunction with a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or other procedures to remove excess skin. During your personalized consultation with Dr. Passaretti, you can discuss your unique goals and your treatment options.

Determining Your Candidacy

Virtually any patient with excess skin and fat on his or her upper arms is a candidate for arm lift surgery. Like any surgical procedure, patients should be in good health and not have any medical conditions that will complicate their surgery. Patients should be able to refrain from physical activity and exercise for several weeks following surgery, and commit to attending follow-up appointments with Dr. Passaretti.

Arm Lift Recovery

Typically, full recovery after an arm lift procedure will last several weeks, but patients should be able to return to work within one to two weeks following surgery. To ensure the best possible results, it is critical to follow proper guidelines during the healing process, which may involve wearing compression garments, keeping the arms elevated, and changing surgical drains. Dr. Passaretti can closely monitor your arm lift recovery during subsequent appointments at his practice, ensuring you are progressing smoothly. We can also provide you with detailed instructions regarding at-home care and your treatment timeline to ensure you feel confident in our services.

before and after arm lift surgery
During surgery, our team can tighten sagging skin around the upper arm for a more contoured appearance.

While you will be able to return home the day of surgery, it is important to follow our care instructions to ensure proper healing. For the first few hours, you should only drink fluids. Nausea and vomiting are common due to the side effects of sedation. As such, you should gradually add small, light meals as the day progresses.

After surgery, Dr. Passaretti may place surgical drains beneath the skin to help eliminate excess fluids. To ensure your comfort, he can demonstrate the proper way to empty and clean these drains and will typically remove them in a few days. In addition, you will have to wear compression bandages for a few weeks. Their gentle pressure will help to reduce bruising and swelling.

While it is important to get plenty of rest, we do recommend short, slow walks around the house to keep blood flowing and promote healing. 

It is advisable to have a friend or loved one stay with you for the first 24 hours following arm lift surgery. They can drive you to and from your appointment, help prepare meals, and complete routine tasks. While it is important to get plenty of rest, we do recommend short, slow walks around the house to keep blood flowing and promote healing. During recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and inflammation. While most discomfort should subside within the first 48 hours, Dr. Passaretti can prescribe oral medications to help manage pain in the interim.

Recovery Timeline

In most cases, you will be able to return to work in one to two weeks, and you can resume driving in about 10 days. In addition, swelling should gradually diminish over the first two weeks. To encourage healing, you should keep your arms elevated with pillows, especially while sleeping. Usually, you can resume exercise in about one month. However, you should not engage in heavy lifting, running, and other high-impact exercises for about six weeks. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Passaretti can review your recovery timeline and advise you as to when it is safe to return to regular activities.

Reducing Your Surgical Risks

While serious arm lift complications are rare, it is critical to adhere to proper post-surgical guidelines to help ensure a smooth recovery. Most importantly, you should schedule follow-up appointments beginning one week after surgery, at which time Dr. Passaretti can remove your stitches and review your progress. About four weeks after surgery, you should schedule a second visit, so we can provide updated at-home care instructions and ensure there are no signs of complications.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your upper arms, reach out to our practice. To learn more about arm lift surgery, contact Dr. Passaretti's office today.

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