What is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty (arm lift) is a surgical procedure performed to remove the loose, hanging skin that often develops on the underside of the upper arm as a result of aging, weight loss or weight gain. Brachioplasty is ideal for patients who have an excessive amount of hanging skin and/or fat that does not respond to diet and exercise; maintain a stable weight; do not smoke; and have realistic expectations for surgery. Patients must also be healthy overall, with no major medical conditions that can be affected by surgery.
The Arm Lift Procedure
During brachioplasty, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm; it often spans the underarm to the elbow. Excess fat is removed, either by direct excision or liposuction. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the arm’s underlying supportive tissue is tightened using internal absorbable sutures. Skin is then sutured back together; absorbable stitches may or may not be used to close the incision. Brachioplasty can be performed either under general anesthesia or as an office procedure under sedation. Depending on the amount of skin and fat that are removed, the procedure takes 2 to 3 hours. Patients are able to return home the same day as surgery.
For a patient who needs only a small amount of skin and fat removed, a minimal-incision arm lift may be performed. A less invasive way to remove excess fat and tissue, it requires only a few small incisions near the underarm.
Recovery From Brachioplasty
After brachioplasty, patients typically experience some swelling and bruising, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication. Compression bandages are usually worn to promote proper healing. The results of brachioplasty are visible right away, but become more apparent as swelling and bruising subsides, which usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Risks Of Brachioplasty
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to brachioplasty include the following:
- Numbness in the skin of the arm / forearm
- Persistent pain
- Termporary fluid accumulation under the skin
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Arm Lift surgery, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.