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Body Contouring: What Is An Arm Lift?

Body Contouring: What Is An Arm Lift?

As summer gets into full swing, it’s time to don our tank tops and swimsuits. For some of us, wearing sleeveless tops isn’t all that fun and freeing. When you don’t like the look of your upper arms, the thought of exposing them to the world can be highly uncomfortable and can make you feel self-conscious. The upper arms tend to become saggy and flabby looking, especially as we age or go through periods of weight fluctuation. If you’re tired of disliking your arms and you want to start wearing sleeveless tops with confidence, consider an arm lift. This body contouring plastic surgery will reduce your upper arm size and boost your confidence.

Arm Lifts 101: What You Should Know

What Is An Arm Lift?
An arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that reduces excess fat and loose skin on the underside of the arm between the armpit and the elbow. This procedure is used to create a slim, toned look to the upper arm.

Why Do People Get Arm Lifts?
As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. Fat also begins to develop in areas it didn’t before and it can be very hard to get rid of this excess fat. The upper arms tend to develop a sagging portion of fat and skin that is most noticeable when a person raises their arms. This skin and fat is often a source of self-consciousness for people. It is very common for the upper arm to be left with excess skin due to weight fluctuations. The only way to reduce this skin is through surgery as no amount of weight lifting can change the amount or elasticity of skin. An arm lift can reduce the size of the upper arms and get rid of this pouch of skin and fat to create a more toned look. Brachioplasty is a form of body contouring used to increase a person’s confidence in their own appearance.

What Does The Procedure Involve?
For this cosmetic surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During the surgery, your plastic surgeon will make an incision on the underside of the arm and may suction out excess fat (liposuction). The plastic surgeon will then tighten the underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. After new contours are created, your skin will be draped over the new shape of your arm and any excess skin will be removed. The incision will then be closed either using stitches or surgical tape. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain excess fluids and you will be given a compression garment to keep the swelling down. The whole procedure should only take 2 or 3 hours.

Is An Arm Lift Right For Me?

If you are tired of your underarms sagging and making you feel bad about your appearance, an arm lift can help. Dr. Brian Peterson offers arm lifts designed to streamline the silhouette of the arm and create flattering contours. If you are considering an arm lift, first schedule a consultation with the highly qualified, Kelowna plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Peterson. Dr. Peterson will discuss your health and your goals for treatment and determine if you are a viable candidate for plastic surgery. Dr. Peterson works with you to deliver your desired outcome and to create top-quality body contouring. As one of the highest-ranked plastic surgeons in the Okanagan, Dr. Peterson can assure a successful arm lift that will leave you feeling happier and more confident. To speak with the staff at Peterson MD, call 1-250-868-9099 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Who is not a viable candidate for arm lift plastic surgery?
A: Before you are approved for plastic surgery, Dr. Peterson will conduct an exam that includes a discussion of your past and current health. You may not be eligible for body contouring if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are pregnant
  • Are on medications that may interact with the anaesthetic
  • Are considered overweight
  • Have pre-existing health conditions that may interfere with recovery

Every person is different and your eligibility may be dependent on a series of factors. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Peterson to see if you are eligible for an arm lift.

Q: Are there any risks associated with arm lift plastic surgery?
A: Just like with any surgery, an arm lift does come with some risks. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these with you and you will have to decide if these potential risks are acceptable. Some of these include:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation in the treatment area
  • Damage to your nerves, blood vessels, and/or muscles in the treatment area
  • Increased risk of developing blood clots

During your consultation, ensure that you address any concerns and questions you have regarding your treatment with your plastic surgeon.

Q: How long will recovery from an arm lift take?
A: Recovery will depend on your own body, but the average recovery time is between 2 and 3 weeks. It may take longer for all signs of bruising to dissipate and longer for any potential scarring to fade. During this time, make sure to keep your blood pressure low and avoid strenuous physical activity.

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