Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arms to create a more attractive and toned arm appearance. With age, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby and you may want to tighten this skin to look as good as you feel. In some cases, liposuction may be performed instead of or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.
Candidates for Arm Lift
The ideal candidate for an arm lift is at or near their desired weight, with loose skin on the upper arm that has not responded to diet and exercise. This procedure is commonly performed on individuals following massive weight loss, as excess skin may remain on their arms. Patients considering arm lift surgery must have realistic expectations about the procedure and its results.
Preparing for Arm Lift
Before undergoing arm lift surgery, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history and address any concerns you may have about the procedure. Lab tests may also be ordered to ensure that you are in good health. Notify your plastic surgeon of all medications you are currently taking, as some may need to be temporarily stopped before the procedure. Individuals that smoke will need to stop before surgery, as it may interfere with the healing process.
Arm Lift Procedure
Arm lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. First, incisions will be made on the back of your arm. Then, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and excessive skin is tightened and trimmed. At the end of the procedure, the incisions will be sealed with absorbable sutures or stitches.
Recovery from Arm Lift
Patients return home the same day as their arm lift procedure, and results are often visible immediately. You may experience pain, swelling and bruising, although painkillers are usually prescribed to minimize discomfort. About three days after arm lift surgery, swelling may occur; this swelling should subside within two weeks. To minimize swelling, it is important to keep your arm elevated with pillows. Any stitches used are typically removed a week after the arm lift procedure. You will be able to shower again a week after surgery and you may return to work within three weeks. For four to six weeks following arm lift surgery, you will be advised to refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
Risks Associated with Arm Lift
All surgical procedures carry a risk of complications, and arm lift surgery is no different. These risks may include scarring, seromas, loss of sensation, swollen hands, complications from the anesthesia, infection, and hematoma. You can minimize the occurrence of complications by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure and following all post-operative instructions carefully.
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