An upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can tighten loose skin that extends from the underarm area to the elbow. Liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results.
- If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat that may resemble bat wings.
- If you are an adult with significant upper arm skin laxity due to aging.
- Although you can improve your upper-arm appearance with exercise, this redundant underarm skin remains a problem that does not improve with exercise.
- You will look much better in form-fitting clothes.
- You will have increased confidence and a better self-image.
- You will be able to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless clothing without feeling self-conscious.
- Your weight is stable, and you are not significantly overweight.
- You are a healthy individual with no medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgery risks.
- You are committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- You are a non-smoker.
The results of arm lift surgery should be long-lasting, as long as your weight does not fluctuate. Maintaining a stable weight and general fitness is important. If you gain considerable weight after the surgery and then lose the weight, loose skin will return. As your body ages, so does your skin. It is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should remain. In either scenario, subsequent arm laxity will be far less significant than before your surgery.