Over time the skin changes in four ways: it loses thickness, loses elasticity, loses adherence to the underlying tissue, and is affected by gravity. One area where these changes are especially apparent is the upper arm. An arm lift–or –can lift and tighten up loose skin in the upper arms, resulting in a firmer, more youthful contour.
An arm lift usually takes about two hours. Dr. Bootstaylor begins by marking the area of excess skin. The anesthesia is administered. (Dr. Bootstaylor may offer you the choice between using a local or general anesthetic; however, most patients are most comfortable with a general anesthetic for this procedure.) Incisions are made on the inner and under surface of the arm. The surgical opening may run from the armpit to as low as the elbow. While the excess skin and fat is removed, the remaining skin is stretched and sutured into place.
Though you’ll feel groggy immediately after the procedure, your recovery should be quick. Most patients go home the same day.
The recovery period after an arm lift generally lasts one to two weeks. You’ll probably be able to return to work in a week, and resume exercise within two weeks. Strenuous workouts and contact sports can be engaged in after about four weeks.