A Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess, sagging skin and fat from the upper arm for the purposes of reshaping and improving arm contour. Brachioplasties are performed for both cosmetic and practical purposes, as this body contouring procedure will address the drooping or sagging appearance of the arms that can result from weight fluctuations, age, and genetics and will afford a patient a slimmer, tighter and more toned arm appearance.
About The Brachioplasty Procedure
During a Brachioplasty, Dr. Blaine will first use liposuction to remove any excess fat from the upper arm. Once liposuction is complete, Dr. Blaine will then make an incision that extends from the axilla towards the elbow to remove the excess skin and tissue and to tighten up the underlying supportive tissues of the upper arm. Once complete, the incision is then closed with sutures, most of which are absorbable and will not require removal.
One of the most common concerns for patients considering an arm lift is the location of their incision, and therefore the scar. Every effort is made to ensure that this incision is made on the inside or back of the arm in order to keep these incisions as well-hidden as possible. While scarring cannot be predicted, these incisions do tend to fade and heal quite nicely over the first 12 months following your surgery.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a fairly quick outpatient procedure where patients can expect to return home the very same day. Patients should expect to experience some swelling and potential bruising immediately following their arm lift and are encouraged to take a couple of days off from work following their procedure. While most patients will return to work and other normal daily activities within the first 4-7 days of their arm lift surgery, we do request that our patients limit the amount of upper arm movement for the first couple of weeks as best as possible and that they refrain from all exercising and heavy lifting for the first 4-6 weeks. During these first 4-6 weeks, you will also be encouraged to wear lightweight compression arm sleeves to help minimize any swelling that you will experience following surgery. While a slimmer and tighter arm contour is almost immediately apparent, swelling can take several months to subside completely and final results are seen in 6-12 months.
Who Should Consider Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasties are popular procedures for patients who are looking reduce the amount of loose and hanging skin of the upper arm, the result of genetics, lifestyle, aging, and/or weight loss. Furthermore, many patients who have undergone significant weight loss (either naturally or via surgical means) will also commonly elect to have a brachioplasty to address the excess skin of the upper arms that is often left behind.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Blaine will discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals with you in great detail and address any questions that you might have about your candidacy, the procedure and what you can expect.
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At Blaine Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves in offering the very best solutions to improve the lives of each and every patient. You can rest assured knowing that the experienced professionals at Blaine Plastic Surgery are committed to your safety and comfort, and in providing you with the best in plastic surgery.
Dr. Christine Blaine is a female Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the New York area with offices in Huntington, Staten Island, and New York, New York. Dr. Blaine looks forward to discussing your aesthetic goals at the time of your consultation and reviewing the options available to you.