Along with the physical and health changes of significant weight loss often comes a significant amount of loose, sagging skin. No matter how much time you spend in the gym, how well you eat, or how much weight you lose, the loose skin can take a toll on your confidence. Loose, sagging arm skin can also affect us as we get older, despite exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

You deserve the confidence that comes with lean, toned arms. You should not be afraid to wear a tank top! Dr. Hernandez performs Arm Lift Surgery to restore confidence and help patients in San Antonio look and feel their best.

What is an Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of your arms (specifically, the “under” portion of your upper arms, from the elbow to the armpit) to create a more aesthetically-pleasing look by using liposuction to remove excess fat, then removing excess skin and contouring the connective tissues of the arms.

During Arm Lift surgery, Dr. Hernandez removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms to create a more natural, pleasing look.

Who is an ideal candidate for Arm Lift surgery?

Ideal candidates for Arm Lift surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations. You should be at a stable weight and confident that you will be able to maintain that weight. Healthy diet and exercise are also important for patients who choose Arm Lift surgery with Dr. Hernandez.

During your consultation, Dr. Hernandez will conduct a comprehensive examination and will discuss your specific goals. Then, she will provide you with highly personal recommendations to help you reach those goals.

What happens during Arm Lift surgery?

During Arm Lift surgery, you will be in an operating room under general anesthesia.  While performing your Arm Lift surgery, Dr. Hernandez will make incisions on the inside of the arm.  She will remove any excess fat using liposuction, along with excess skin from the portion of your arms that goes from your elbows to your armpits. In many cases, Dr. Hernandez will also tighten and reshape the supportive tissue of the arm with internal sutures, then smooth your skin over your new arm contours.

In total, Arm Lift surgery takes between 3 and 4 hours to perform.

How do I prepare for Arm Lift surgery?

Smokers will need to stop smoking at least (6) weeks prior to Arm Lift surgery to promote healing. Avoid taking any Aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) including Advil, Aleve, or Motrin for two weeks before your Arm Lift surgery.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Hernandez will ask for a complete list of your medications, vitamins or supplements. She will advise you to stop any medications, vitamins, or supplements that may interfere with surgery or healing.

Before any surgery, it’s important to fuel your body with healthy foods and plenty of hydration in the weeks leading up to and after your procedure. Since you will be under general anesthesia for your Arm Lift surgery, you will also need a friend or family member to drive you home.

What can I expect after Arm Lift surgery?

You’ll notice the tighter, smoother contours of your arms immediately after surgery. But, you will likely have some swelling and bruising following your Arm Lift surgery, and in most cases, patients will require drains to alleviate fluid buildup. You will be prescribed pain medication to help you deal with the pain and swelling. A compression garment will be provided to help minimize swelling.

During your Arm Lift surgery, Dr. Hernandez will use dissolvable sutures underneath the skin, and uses the Dermabond Prineo skin closure system to hold the edges of your incisions together. This cutting-edge system uses a mesh tape and skin glue in lieu of traditional sutures, taking tension off the incisions and promoting healing. Typically, this results in a much-thinner scar, and keeps the incisions covered.

About two weeks after your Arm Lift surgery, Dr. Hernandez will peel the mesh tape and glue.That means you don’t have to worry about incision care, changing bandages, showering without worrying about complications.

Avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for 3 to 4 weeks after surgery, and avoid strenuous physical activity (including exercise and weight lifting) for up to 8 weeks after surgery. Dr. Hernandez will review your healing and make specific recommendations during your follow-up appointments.