An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:
How is the arm lift surgery performed?
Your plastic surgeon will use his or her best judgement to determine incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depending upon the amount and location of excess skin to be removed.
Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly removed or treated with liposuction.
Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
Your incisions will be closed either with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your arm lift.
Will the arm lift surgery result in permanent scarring?
The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.
Will I need anesthesia for the arm lift surgery?
Medications are administered for your comfort during arm lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Am I a good candidate for an arm lift surgery?
In general, arm lift candidates include:
During your arm lift surgery consultation, be prepared to discuss:
Your surgeon will also:
In preparing for arm lift surgery, you may be asked to:
During your recovery from surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
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