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.
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.
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.
No - Brachioplasties are often done under local anesthesia in Dr. Spence’s Orlando Brachioplasty Practice.
Dr. Spence plans his Brachioplasty scars on the inside of the arm with his advanced scar protocol- the scars are often barely visible.
Preparation for an Arm Lift is similar to preparation for other body contouring procedures, adequate hydration, proper nutrition and smoking cessation are absolute musts.
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.
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.
There will be some hand swelling after brachioplasty. Vibration and squeezing a tennis ball while usually minimize this.