As we age, our skin loses flexibility and firmness. Even with regular exercise, it can be difficult to firm up the skin on your upper arm. If you’re embarrassed by the loose skin, hanging skin under your arms, it might be time to consider the benefits of an arm lift.
At Pearce Plastic Surgery, our highly skilled plastic surgeon Paul M. Pearce, MD, offers customized arm lift surgery to remove excess skin that hangs like batwings from under your arms.
You may be a candidate for arm lift surgery if you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your arms but can’t improve your skin’s firmness with exercise or a healthy diet.
You might also benefit from arm lift surgery if you have hanging skin that remains after weight loss. After a rapid loss of fat in your arms, your skin may be stretched too far to bounce back on its own, especially if you’re older and your skin has lost some of its elasticity.
Dr. Pearce performs a comprehensive skin evaluation to determine if surgery can provide your expected results. He also ensures you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery and can tolerate anesthesia.
Ahead of your surgery, we provide detailed information that helps you prepare for your procedure. You may need to stop taking certain medications that interfere with healing. We also strongly recommend you quit smoking, which can slow down your healing process and delay your return to work and other activities.
Arm lift surgery typically takes 2-3 hours to complete. Dr. Pearce follows a surgical plan customized to your needs to remove excess skin and any remaining fat deposits.
Dr. Pearce focuses on removing just the right amount to improve the appearance of your arms, so your results look natural. He also makes incisions in specific parts of your arm to minimize your risk of noticeable scars.
You can expect to spend a few hours of recovery from anesthesia before going home to recover. It’s normal to experience some pain in the surgery site while your skin starts the healing process. We offer complete after-care services to prevent infections and ensure your incisions heal fully.
Many people can return to work and their regular activities within 14 days. You may need to avoid strenuous exercise for up to six weeks until Dr. Pearce clears you.
Arm lift surgery can redefine your arms when exercise is no longer working. After your incisions heal, your arms will appear slimmer and your skin tighter than before, so your arms look more youthful.
Surgery can also give your arms a more toned look, so you’ll be happy to show them off. Many people find that their clothing fits better after an arm lift, and you can start to wear different clothing styles that you might have been afraid to wear before.
With a good diet and regular exercise, you can maintain the results of your arm lift in the long term.
Call Pearce Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, or book a consultation online today to find out if arm lift surgery is right for you.