An arm lift or brachioplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat and
skin from the upper arm. This is most often performed in conjunction with
The best candidates for Brachioplasty are women who have very loose, drooping
(ptotic) skin of the upper arm between the elbow and axilla (arm pit).
Most of these women have lost a large amount of weight or are fighting
the signs of age and gravity. Anyone who is unhappy or self-conscious
about the appearance of their upper arms can benefit from arm lift surgery.
Prior to Surgery
As with any cosmetic surgery, the most important step in this process is
the one on one consultation with your surgeon. During this time, you will
discuss your goals and expectations. This is the time to ask questions
and voice any concerns that you might have. Together, you and your doctor
can decide the best plan of action based on your individual needs.
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and general anesthesia is used.
Typically, this surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on the
amount of tissue that needs to be removed. An incision is made on the
inside of the arm from the elbow to the axilla. Excess skin and tissue
are then removed. This surgery is not suitable after a mastectomy or for
anyone who has had previous surgery involving the axillary lymph nodes.
The benefits from Brachioplasty are almost immediate. You will have a more
youthful appearance and thinner upper arms. All the extra skin that was
previously hanging there is no longer there. You will feel more confident
and comfortable in your clothes. The trade-off, however, is a permanent
scar on the inner portion of your upper arm. This of course will fade
Most patients will experience some bruising, swelling and tenderness in
the area. Sometimes numbness will be apparent, but this will subside with
the swelling. You may have drains placed in the incisions for three to
seven days. You will be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for the
first four to six weeks. Patients usually return to work within a week.
Your doctor may require you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks
for support. Your doctor will go over all post-surgery instructions with
you before you return home.
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