Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
As we age, our upper arm skin can become loose and redundant. This is especially true if you have lost a lot of weight. In the warm climate of Texas, feeling embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts or bathing suits is a real problem. Although liposuction can be done to remove fat, this is usually not the problem in the arms. There is no way to tighten this skin significantly other than to surgically remove it. In fact, liposuction may exaggerate the loose skin if not done in the right candidate.
There are multiple different techniques to remove extra arm skin and fat but they all result in a scar. The length of scar largely depends on the technique and how much skin needs to be removed. Body contouring procedures are some of the most rewarding, so schedule your consultation with Dr. Hustak so she can help you reach your goals.
What to Expect: Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove loose skin and excess fatty deposits in your upper arms. Depending on the amount of excess skin and fat, your scar may be contained within your armpit or may extend down the inside of your upper arm, hidden near a groove your biceps muscle makes.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately two hours to complete. Liposuction can be combined with it in some occasions. You are allowed to return home the same day unless performed in addition to other procedures at the same time. Steri-strips or surgical glue is placed to incisions to support them while healing. All sutures are absorbable. Ace wrap bandages or compression garments are placed at the time of surgery. Swelling is normal. Compression is continued for 1-2 weeks. You are restricted from lifting or exercise for three weeks. Once incisions heal, aggressive scar massage is started to minimize the scars.
Your upper arm contour can be dramatically improved with this procedure. The scars fade over time and are disguised by their placement.