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Brachioplasty or Arm Lift

Arm lift removes the embarrassing flab and skin from the upper arm, if your not a candidate for Smartlipo.

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to reshapes the under portion of the upper arm.   Weight fluctuations, aging, and genetics can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance.   Exercise will strengthen the underlying muscle of the upper arm, but can’t address the laxity of excess skin and the localized fatty deposits.  Arm lifts can correct these problems.

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An Arm Lift:

  • Reduce fat and the redundant skin between the underarm and the elbow
  • The arm is reshaped which results in smoother skin and contours
  • Toned and a proportionate appearance is restored

The trade off for an improve shape is a scar on the inside of your upper arm which typically is barely noticable or can be consealed with make-up.

Who is a candidate?

In general, candidates for an arm lift include:

  • Significant upper arm skin laxity.
  • Adults with stable weight and who are not significantly overweight
  • Adult without significant medical conditions
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with realistic expectations

The procedure:

Anesthesia is general anesthesia

The incision is place in the underarm and extends towards the elbow. The amount skin removed and the length of the incision is made at the time of surgery. It can extend past the elbow due to excess laxity of the skin.  Excess skin and fat are remove and deep tissue sutured together followed by sutures at the skin level.  Liposuction maybe used to give additional contouring, blood supply in this region is low and aggressive liposuction is usually prohibited.  Occasionally a small drain tube maybe used to drain fluid from under the skin.  A compression dressing is applied.

After your surgery

After surgery, you’ll have a gauze dressings or elastic bandage wrapped around the arms. If a drain is used it will be removed in a day or two. In these first few days after surgery you may feel some pain, especially when moving your arms. Some mild discomfort may continue for a week or more. The bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery.  You’ll continue wearing a compression garment around the clock for several weeks, until the swelling and bruising subside. The stitches will be removed in two weeks.

It’s possible you may experience random shooting pains for a few months. Swelling may cause some loss of feeling in the inner arm region. This typically recedes over the course of six weeks or thereabouts.

Getting back to normal

You should feel able to get up and about in a day or two, but your arms may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three to four weeks. You will receive detailed information for resuming your normal activities. Most can return to non-strenuous work and social activities in a week or two.  A small amount of fluid draining from your surgical wound or crusting is normal. Any other unusual symptoms such as bleeding, fever or severe pain should be made known to Dr. Bridges.