Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Surgery
Many patients find themselves with sagging arms as an effect of aging or following significant weight loss. Depending on the nature of the problem, the body contouring procedure for correction will vary. Many gastric bypass patients undergo arm lift procedures with Dr. Spence at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery.
- Liposuction — For the patient with very elastic skin, which will snap back after the removal of fat by liposuction.
- Short scar arm lift with liposuction — for the patient with moderate skin elasticity, some fat and excess skin.
- Full scar arm lift — for the patient with mostly excess skin of poor elasticity.
Dr. Spence believes in making every attempt to keep all arm lift scars above the elbow and on the inner aspect of the arm so that the scars can be easily hidden. Because of the nature of the skin on our arms, scars can be quite prominent. A protocol of our scar management has been worked out including topical agents and compressive garments to improve the appearance of these scars. Arm lift (brachioplasty) scars can take many months, even as long as a year, to reach their final appearance.
I have lost over 100lbs and there is a lot of sagging skin on my arms?
A Brachioplasty is the appropriate operation for you though many more invasive procedures have been tried to tighten redundant arm skin surgery is still the best answer.
I want to have a brachioplasty but I am afraid of the scar that crosses the elbow?
Dr. Spence does not do brachioplasty (Arm lift) past the elbow but instead works the scar back into the arm pit. This lessens the visibility of the scar and also help to tighten the loose tissue in the armpit.
Do I have to go to sleep for a Brachioplasty?
No - Brachioplasties are often done under local anesthesia in Dr. Spence’s Orlando Brachioplasty Practice.
I don’t like the Brachioplasty (Arm lift) scar on the back of the arm as this is visible in an every dress. Is there any other way?
Dr. Spence plans his Brachioplasty scars on the inside of the arm with his advanced scar protocol- the scars are often barely visible.
How do I prepare for an Arm Lift?
Preparation for an Arm Lift is similar to preparation for other body contouring procedures, adequate hydration, proper nutrition and smoking cessation are absolute musts.
Will I need drains for a Brachioplasty?
In Dr. Spence’s Orlando Brachioplasty practice many patients do not receive drains. On the rare occasion that they do, the drains are removed in 24 to 48 hours.
What is the down time for an Arm lift (Brachioplasty)?
This depends on the extent of the surgery. Mini brachioplasties with liposuction are sometimes able to return to work in 7 days. More extensive Brachioplasty may need as long as two weeks off due to the limitation of lifting your arms up over your head.
Will my hands swell after Brachioplasty?
There will be some hand swelling after brachioplasty. Vibration and squeezing a tennis ball while usually minimize this.
To schedule an arm lift consultation with Dr. Spence at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online.