Drooping of the skin on the upper part of the arm occurs due to weight loss in young and middle-aged individuals and due to aging-related loss of quality in elastin-collagen fibers in older individuals. Just like in any part of the body, the skin on the arms becomes stretched when excess weight is gained. However, when this weight is lost, the skin may not regain its previous tightness, resulting in sagging. Sagging typically occurs on the upper and inner parts of the arm, and sagging in other areas is rare due to anatomical factors.
The main focus in treating sagging of the arms is the removal of excess fat tissue along with the excess skin from the body.
If only liposuction (suction-assisted fat removal) is performed, caution must be exercised due to the risk of increased sagging. In arm lift surgery, the excess sagging skin is removed, and a surgical scar is created on the inner side of the arm. However, considering the aesthetic concerns caused by arm sagging, the resulting surgical scar is generally acceptable. In cases with minimal sagging, a mini arm lift surgery can be performed with the incision designed in the armpit area.
The operation is performed under general or local anesthesia in a hospital setting, and the average duration of the surgery is 1.5-2 hours. The patient can be discharged on the same day and can return to their daily activities after 2 days. Showering is allowed 2 days after the surgery. There is no need to remove stitches. Running and activities such as tennis are allowed 3-4 weeks after the surgery.