An upper arm lift, also called brachioplasty, can reshape the arm by tightening the hanging skin. By removing extra skin and fat, an upper arm lift will dramatically reduce flabbiness and result in a firm, more youthful contour.
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Genetics, age or excessive weight loss can cause the skin to lose thickness, elasticity and adherence to underlying tissue. Gravity pulls the upper arm skin down and creates a flabby appearance that is unresponsive to diet and exercise. An upper arm lift, also called brachioplasty, can reshape the arm by tightening the hanging skin. By removing extra skin and fat, an upper arm lift will dramatically reduce flabbiness and result in a firm, more youthful contour. An upper arm lift makes the arm more in proportion with the rest of the body and patients often find that their clothes fit better.
Although the procedure is tailored to your individual needs, tumescent liposuction of the upper arm is first performed through small incisions near your elbow and axilla. This is followed by removing a generous ellipse of tissue from the axillary area. This results in a scar that runs from the armpit to the elbow. If more extensive skin excision is required, an additional wedge of tissue is removed from the inner arm. Deep tissue tightening is performed at this time, followed by closure of the skin and deep tissue in the shape of a “T” on its side. An elastic bandage or pressure garment is then applied, completing the procedure.
Depending on your individualized procedure, you will leave the hospital with either a pressure garment with sleeves or elastic bandages around your arms. Although you will be able to use your arms right away to wash your face, eat and write, we discourage extending your arm and shoulder greater than 90 degrees from your body for approximately 2 weeks. Expect to be off from work for only three to seven days.
After upper arm lift surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. Occasionally, a small drainage tube may be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. Even though the newer techniques are believed to reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days. It is normal to feel a bit anxious or depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. However, this feeling will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Optimally results of upper arm lift procedure can be beautiful, balanced and proportioned contour of the arms. More confident and comfortable in clothing, especially sleeveless dresses. Natural and presentable appearance in the first week that just gets better over the next three to six months.