An arm lift or brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure done on the upper arm. It is done to reshape the underside of the upper arm and to remove excess fat and skin.
What does the procedure involve?
An arm lift is usually an outpatient procedure and treatment time varies. The patient will be given either general anesthesia or an intravenous sedative to keep them comfortable. Our surgeon will excise excess fat, tighten and reshape the remaining tissues and remove the excess skin. He will ensure that the remaining skin fits smoothly over the arm’s new shape.
A surgeon can perform a standard brachioplasty on a patient who has excess tissue that extends from the armpit to the elbow. Excess fat and skin can be removed.
Liposuction is a possibility if the patient’s skin is still very elastic. In an arm liposuction, the surgeon removes the fat and lets the skin shrink around the surgery site. The surgeon may also use liposuction to remove fat during a standard brachioplasty.
The surgeon might use a limited-incision brachioplasty if the patient has little excess fat but has a lot of excess skin near the armpit. The surgeon will pull the skin taut.
An extended brachioplasty is similar to a standard brachioplasty. Extended brachioplasties are typically performed on people who have lost massive amounts of weight.
For detailed information about the techniques that our surgeon employs and how and when they’re performed, contact the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens.
What is the recovery like?
It may take around six weeks to recover from arm lift surgery. The patient’s arm will be wrapped in a compression garment from the wrist to the armpit for a few days.
The patient will need to be driven home, and someone else will have to stay with them for at least the first day or two. During the recovery period, the patient should avoid strenuous activity and any actions that might stress the surgery site like lifting the arms over the head.
Who is a good candidate?
The ideal candidate will be a healthy adult with realistic expectations. Many clients are people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have been left with excess skin – something that not even the most strenuous exercise can fix. Others are simply older people whose skin is sagging due to their age.
A candidate for an arm lift should be at a healthy and stable weight. They should not have any conditions or be taking any medications like blood-thinners that can impede healing. They should be a non-smoker with healthy habits.
If you’re interested in the procedure, contact us today at our office in Baton Rouge to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephens.