Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

When exercise doesn’t seem to be enough, an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty gives women a chance to get the trim, toned arms they’ve always wanted. While liposuction can get rid of unwanted fat deposits in the arms and exercise can help build up muscle tone, getting rid of the excess skin left behind after weight loss or pregnancy is a whole other problem. This procedure can be done with or without liposuction to remove excess fat and skin between the elbow and the underarm and reshape it for slimmer, more proportionate arms.

What to Expect During Brachioplasty

An arm lift procedure may take anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on how extensive the surgery is. For some, local anesthesia is administered to numb the surgical area and an intravenous sedation is given which leaves the patient awake, but sedated. Others, especially those who need extensive work done are given a general anesthesia. When the patient is sedated or under anesthesia, the surgeon will then proceed to make incisions on the inside of the patient’s arm. Each surgeon has a preferred method or technique when making the incisions and this will be discussed by the surgeon during the consultation period. The length of the incisions depend on the extent of the work that needs to be done, but it is typically made from below the underarm to above the elbow. There are some cases where smaller incisions are required. This is usually done with people if they have some excess skin near the armpit area. Once the incision is made, the excess skin is trimmed and the fat deposits are removed. The surgeon then closes the incision up with sutures and the skin will begin to settle into its new shape and contour.

Recovering from Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty is considered an out-patient procedure even when the patient is put under general anesthesia. The effects of the surgery can be seen almost immediately and the arms appear trim and toned as soon as the surgery is over. It is normal to experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling after the procedure and doctors often prescribe medication to manage the pain and discomfort. Swelling will continue and peak in the next 2 or 3 days following the procedure; however, it will subside within the next 2 weeks. Compression garments are also recommended to help the healing process along. Patients may be asked to come back after a week to have the stitches removed unless the surgeon used self-absorbing sutures that will eventually dissolve. Downtime for this procedure takes 2 to 3 weeks, but it takes about a month or more to fully recover. Patients are given post-operation instructions before being released and it’s important that these instructions are followed to avoid infection or any complications that may arise.

Deciding whether or not brachioplasty is right for you is your decision and yours alone. During the consultation session, our highly-qualified surgeons will walk you through the procedure and answer all your questions in order for you to decide whether this procedure is right for you or not. If you have any questions about getting an arm lift or if you want to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons, give us a call and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you.

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