Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Am I A Candidate?
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat under the upper arm. With age or weight loss, loose skin and fatty tissue accumulate on the undersurface of the upper arm from the elbow to the underarm. Occasionally, liposuction alone may be adequate for the treatment of this area if the skin has good tone.
How Is Surgery Performed?
The major drawback of this surgical procedure is the length of the incision. Because excess skin must be removed, an incision must be made from the back of the elbow to the underarm. Although this incision is not in plain view and lies on the back of the arm, it is nevertheless a permanent scar. This incision allows for the excess skin and fatty tissue to be removed, achieving a smoother contour in the upper arms.
What Are The Risks?
As with any surgical procedure that involves incisions to be made, there entails the potential complications of infection, bleeding, contour irregularities and scarring. Numbness, tingling, and nerve injury are also possible, although usually temporary. Your risk of these complications can be minimized by following instructions that you will be provided both before and after surgery.
What Can I Expect?
A compression garment is worn immediately after surgery for up to 4 to 6 weeks. During this time period, lifting and strenuous activities are to be avoided. Most of the bruising and swelling usually subsides in a few weeks, but some degree of swelling may persist for several months. The sutures are removed in 1 to 2 weeks. Most patients pleased with their results as they are able to achieve a better and smoother contour of the upper arms.
How Long Do The Results Last?
The results are fairly stable as long as there is no significant weight gain in the future. With age and gravity taking its toll, however, some of the “tightness” achieved immediately after surgery may be diminished in time.