An arm lift or brachioplasty procedure is one that has become increasingly popular over the years. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a nearly 5000% increase since the year 2000. This surgery addresses extra tissue in the upper arms including that stubborn fat and excess skin.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise are often unsuccessful in effectively changing the contour or eliminating the excess skin. Patients who have had a dramatic weight loss due to diet and exercise or weight loss, are a particular group of patients who often find themselves with difficult-to-address areas of excess skin on the upper arms.
One of the most disheartening aspects is the difficulty in finding the right blouse or shirt to wear without feeling so self-conscious. An arm lift may be the best option to restore your beauty and self-confidence.
Liposuction alone with VASER can be all that is needed.
If there is excess skin, then a traditional incision in the inside of the upper arm is used. The length of the incision depends on the amount of extra skin is present.
Results are appreciate immediately in cases with direct excision. With liposuction it may take up to 3 months in order for the swelling to subside.
A compression garment will be placed at time of surgery and should be worn so that to control the amount of swelling.
If drains are placed, they are often removed by one week.
Encouraged to walk immediately in order to prevent blood clots. You may shower 48 hours after surgery.
No strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Please expect to take up to 1 week off of work depending on job responsibilities.
Postoperative visits in the office are scheduled at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months, and 6 months or as needed.