Get an Arm Lift in Chicago
Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift, removes excess skin and fat that often accumulates along the upper arms to create a toned, slim appearance. As you age, the soft tissue in this area can droop or sag. Many people in Naperville, Chicago, and Schaumburg, IL, feel embarrassed by this look and want treatment to restore their youthful appearance.
This procedure is perfect for individuals who have noticed sagging due to loose, hanging skin and excess fat in their upper arms. The ideal candidate should also have the ability to maintain their weight and understand what they can expect from this procedure. Patients should also have good overall health, free of major conditions that can negatively affect the surgery outcome.
The Arm Lift Procedure
To complete the arm lift, our professional surgeon will make an incision on the inside surface of the arm, sometimes extending from the underarm area down to the elbow. Using liposuction to remove the excess fat, we can then trim and tighten the skin, using sutures to hold it in place. If there is only a minimal amount of skin, we will create just a small incision near the underarm so you can enjoy a minimally invasive procedure for faster recovery. Our doctor will help you determine which option works best for your needs.
After we remove the fat and tighten the skin, the incision is closed with dissolving sutures, which will dissolve in one to two weeks. An arm lift is performed with local anesthesia and sedation, typically lasting about one to three hours. The length of time depends on how much fat and skin will be removed, but patients will be able to go home the day of the surgery.
Your Arm Lift Recovery
After your procedure, you will experience some bruising and swelling. Many people also report mild discomfort, which can be resolved with prescription pain medication. We may need to place drainage tubes to help collect excess fluid or blood for several days following the surgery. The use of compression bandages can also help with healing.
You will notice visible results immediately after your arm lift, but you will see even better results as the bruising and swelling reduces over the following two weeks. We find many of our patients are extremely satisfied with their results and don’t mind the scarring over getting a more youthful appearance. These scars will fade as time passes and become less noticeable.
For most patients, an arm lift is relatively safe. However, there are risk factors involved, just as with any other type of surgery. Some of the risks include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Loss of sensation
- Negative reactions to the anesthesia
- Permanent swelling
We will discuss these risk factors prior to your surgery and address all of your concerns.
To learn more about our Arm Lift procedures in Chicago, Naperville, and Schaumburg, IL, give us a call to schedule a consultation today!