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.
Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the patient, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.
Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.
Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from Brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although 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.
The Brachioplasty Procedure
- The Consultation: You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Wells – a board certified plastic surgeon – who will determine the extent of Brachioplasty you need, and to 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, so will not require and overnight hospital stay.
- Post Operative Care: You will see Dr. Wells the following day in our offices, with 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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