Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the contour and tone of the upper arm region. A common problem, this area can be affected by age, weight fluctuations, sun damage or heredity.
Is an Arm Lift Right for You?
The Austin climate provides plenty of opportunities for sleeveless wear—but do you have the confidence in your muscle tone to make that choice? If you think you might need an arm rejuvenation procedure, raise your hand. See the skin along the underside of the upper arm—is it tight and toned? If not, you’re a good candidate for an arm lift. The ideal candidate for this plastic surgery procedure is a non-smoker in good health with loose or sagging skin in the upper arm region. The process begins with a consultation with Dr. Hall during which time he will evaluate your case, determine the best course of action and ascertain your exact goals.
The Arm Lift Procedure
About Arm Lift Surgery
Exercise and a proper diet can have a large impact on strengthening and toning the muscle tissue of the upper arm. Unfortunately, it can do little to remove excess fatty deposits or tighten loose skin. The solution is brachioplasty, a procedure that can remove excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow, creating a more toned, proportional appearance.
In brachioplasty, the incision is made on the underside of the arm, which will cause resulting lines to be less noticeable. The incision can run from the underarm to just above the elbow, the exact length and placement depending on the amount and location of damaged tissue. Supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures and the contour of the arm will appear smooth and toned. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with the procedure to remove excess fatty tissue.
The procedure can take place in an office surgical center or in a hospital and is usually performed under general anesthesia.
As with any surgical procedure, you should be aware of possible risks and side effects. During your consultation, Dr. Hall will explain any risks and side effects, including pain, swelling, scarring, bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, poor healing, skin loss, clotting, numbness, discoloration, asymmetry or problems associated with medications or anesthesia.
Dressing and bandages will be applied to the incision area and patients will receive information on medication and proper care of the upper arm region. Before leaving, you may schedule a follow-up appointment.
Swelling and discomfort are to be expected. Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects or straining the arm for several days. Light activities can be resumed as soon as the patient feels up to it and the sutures should be removed in five to 10 days. Resumption of full activities may take several weeks. The benefits of the surgery should be evident immediately and are considered permanent, though excessive weight gain can alter the results.