Arm Lift Questions

Plastic Surgeons serving Denver, Littleton, and Surrounding Areas in Colorado

 

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift is a body contouring procedure performed to remove excess fat and loose, hanging skin in the upper arms commonly caused by the aging process or massive weight loss. Your arm lift procedure can help you achieve a more sculpted appearance on your triceps, eliminating any self-consciousness you may currently feel when wearing sleeveless clothes.

Denver plastic surgeons Dr. John A. Grossman and Dr. Philippe A. Capraro regularly perform an arm lift on post-bariatric patients undergoing surgery after weight loss to provide additional tone and definition to their newly slimmed body.

Am I a candidate for an arm lift?

Ideal candidates for an arm lift are in good overall health and near their ideal body weight. Most arm lift candidates have recently lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess fat and loose, sagging skin in the arms. To achieve optimal results with your arm lift, it is best to complete all weight loss prior to your procedure.

As with all plastic surgery procedures, it is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome. Your procedure can help you achieve a more sculpted appearance in the arms, but it is not a tool for weight loss. At your initial consultation, Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro will determine if an arm lift is the best procedure to achieve your goals.

How is my arm lift procedure performed?

For patients with good skin elasticity and minimal fat to remove, Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro may perform the procedure using liposuction. This is the least invasive arm lift method, resulting in minimal scarring and a shorter recovery period. If you require more extensive fat removal and skin tightening, Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro may perform your arm lift by making an incision on the inside of your arm from the armpit to the elbow. Excess fat is removed and loose skin is tightened to provide better toning and definition to your arms.

Will my scars be visible after an arm lift?

If your arm lift is performed using liposuction, the scars will be minimal and not very visible. However, patients that require a more extensive arm lift will have larger scars from the armpit to the elbow. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro are careful to make the incisions in the most discrete location possible in order to minimize the visibility of your scars. Since the scars will be along the inside of your arm, they are generally not visible when your arms are resting at your sides.

Most of our Denver arm lift patients find that these scars are an acceptable tradeoff for the dramatic improvement they experience in their appearance.

What are the risks associated with an arm lift?

Arm lift complications are very rare. However, as with all surgical procedures, there is always the risk of infection, bleeding, and anesthesia complications.  You may also experience some temporary numbness in the upper arms, but this should subside as you recover from your procedure.

Please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery today to schedule your confidential arm lift consultation. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro serve patients in Denver and Littleton, Colorado.