A brachioplasty, otherwise known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure in which excess arm skin or tissue is tightened and or removed to form a more aesthetically pleasing frame.
Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?
Someone who wishes to address sagging arms or loose skin from age or weight loss is a great candidate for an arm lift.
What should I expect during my brachioplasty?
This procedure requires a surgical incision of varying size based on how much skin must be removed. The location of the incision is usually on the inside or underside of the arm and can be adjusted based on clothing preference or overall reduction of visibility. SmartLipo is another option which is a form of laser-liposuction that target the fatty tissue as well as the elastic response of the skin.
What should I expect during my brachioplasty recovery?
After surgery, the patient is dressed in a compression garment to limit swelling. Discomfort is generally minimal in smaller lifts, but when large amounts of skin are removed, an overnight stay in the hospital may be required. In either case, pain medication and anti-inflammatory methods will be utilized. Light labor is normally possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permissible at four to six weeks. All symptoms should be gone and scars maximally faded within six months.