• Brachioplasty

    Arm Lift


    Brachioplasty, more commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin from under the upper arms. By removing excess skin, a surgeon can get rid of excess weight that the patient can’t get rid of by any other means. With that being said, it’s still a surgery that can leave some scarring—so what it really comes down to is the patient wanting excess skin or minimal scars. Either way, it’s definitely a surgery anyone with excess skin should consider.


    Ideal candidates for Arm Lift Surgery


    For anyone that’s lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time, excess skin is nothing new. Since the body is supposed to lose weight gradually, over time, excess skin—especially in the upper arms—only occurs after rapid weight loss. It’s unsightly, embarrassing, and almost impossible to get rid of. And that’s what puts brachioplasty in such high demand.


    Possible risks and complications


    As far as complications go, the biggest thing patients will have to worry about is scarring. Whenever a surgeon removes any excess skin, there is going to be scarring—depending on your surgeon, and how much excess skin you’re removing, you might have none—or quite a bit. Consulting with your surgeon is the best way to find out about your risks, including scarring, and how to reduce them after surgery.


    The Procedure


    The procedure itself is simple, and consists of the doctor surgically removing excess skin and extra fat. Some procedures can take as long as two hours, but it’s still an outpatient procedure—and that means the patient is in for a quick recovery time. Scarring will depend on the amount of skin removed, as previously stated, and won’t be fully realized until the patient is fully recovered.


    The Recovery Process and Your New Look


    Following surgery, swelling and soreness can be immediate, but should only persist for a few days. Since the procedure is on the arms, it’s hard to take it easy and rest, but resting is essential in preventing scarring—or any other complications from arising.