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Sagging skin along the upper arm is a common problem many men and women struggle with. This can sometimes occur naturally due to age but can also be due to weight loss. This excess skin can make finding well-fitting clothes challenging, as well as create additional movement when the arms are raised or moved.

Who is a Candidate for an Arm Lift?

The ideal candidates for an arm lift with Dr. Espinoza are those who are in good health but are struggling with sagging skin or tissue in the upper arms. While the procedure can be performed on all genders, women often struggle more with these concerns as they are more prone to developing lax muscles and decreased skin elasticity. 

Candidates for the procedure should be non-smokers or be willing to stop smoking prior to the procedure. In order to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, you will have a consultation with Dr. Espinoza. During this time, he will review your medical history, discuss your surgical goals, and answer any questions you may have. If an arm lift is determined to be the best course of treatment, he will create a personalized treatment plan that is designed to meet your unique needs.

Arm Lift and Weight Loss

Before pursuing an arm lift, it is important to understand the objective of the surgery and when one should have it. An arm lift is designed to target the excess skin and fat along the upper arms. If you have a lot of weight to lose, it may be advised that this is completed before surgery. Those who are awaiting gastric band surgery or have recently completed it should also wait six months before an arm lift.

Your Arm Lift Procedure

An arm lift is performed most often as an outpatient procedure. For most patients, the surgery lasts between one and two hours. During an arm lift, IV sedation or general anesthesia will be used to help you remain comfortable and relaxed. 

The procedure starts with an incision inside the inner sections of the upper arm. This incision will run from the armpit to the elbow, although the exact length and location may vary from patient to patient. After the incision is made, Dr. Espinoza will remove excess skin and fat tissue from the area and then replace the skin over the underlying muscles. During the procedure, liposuction can also be used to further contour and sculpt the arms.

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Your Recovery

Once the procedure is complete, a sterile dressing is applied to the incisions, and a compression garment will be wrapped over your arms. This will help support the healing process and decrease swelling and bruising. Patients should plan to recover at home for at least a week and avoid vigorous exercise for several weeks. Dr. Espinoza will guide you through the recovery process to help ensure it is as smooth as possible.

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