The surgery is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic either as a day case or as an overnight stay. The type of surgery required will depend on the extent of the problem.
What to Expect
The difficulty with loose upper arm skin is that virtually the only treatment involves surgery. Women will very diligently go to the gym to try and tone their upper arms through exercise and weight lifting but invariably this makes little difference.
Once loose skin is present the only way to treat it is through surgical removal. Occasionally in those with heavier arms liposuction can help if the skin tone and quality is good.
Where skin needs to be removed, however, a certain amount of scaring will be necessary in exchange for an improved upper arm contour.
1.5 to 2 hours surgery
12 to 14 days for full recovery
For ages 18 and above only
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks associated with an arm lift?
Some of the risks include infection, swelling, seroma, skin contour irregularities, asymmetry, change in skin sensation, and scarring.