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Also known as an Arm Lift, Brachioplasty surgery reshapes the under portion of the upper arm from the underarm region to the elbow.  It will remove both excess fat and skin from the upper arms.  The best candidates for Brachioplasty are patients with excess skin mostly in the upper arms who are not overweight and in good overall health.

Incisions and scarring are some of the main questions patients undergoing Bracheoplasty surgery ask.  Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed.  This will be determined by your plastic surgeon.   Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm.   Incisions may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.

Depending on your specific condition incisions may be more limited.  The underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures.  Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.  If you have excess fat that extends to your underarm area and the side of your chest Dr. Wells may decide to excise this with liposuction.   The smoother, tighter contours that result from a Brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure.  Keep in mind that there will be some swelling and bruising.



Brachioplasty with Liposuction: This procedure can be supplemented with liposuction to remove excess fatty areas in the adjacent areas to improve the aesthetic result of your Arm Lift. These areas can be in the underarm area or in the upper sides of the chest.  The combination will improve the results of your Brachioplasty.


The Brachioplasty Procedure

  • The Consultation: You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Wells who is a board certified plastic surgeon. He will determine the extent of Brachioplasty you need. He will determine if supplemental liposuction is recommended. He typically spends a full hour on every consult to answer all your questions.
  • The Surgery: This can be performed as an outpatient procedure. It not require an overnight hospital stay.
  • Post Operative Care: You will see Dr. Wells the following day in our offices. You will have two or three follow-ups during your recovery and beyond.
  • Resuming Activities: You can return to work in one to two weeks and you should limit lifting and strain on your upper body.  More strenuous physical activity may resume after four weeks.

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“I had inherited what I call granny arms. When I waved, they waved too!  I would never wear a sleeveless or even a short sleeved shirt.  I always felt like I had to cover up.  Immediately after my surgery I felt like I looked 20 pounds lighter.  Everyone said so!  I am thrilled.”  Sheila R.

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