Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a procedure to remove excess skin from the upper axilla. This procedure helps to reshape the arm and leads to a more proportionate youthful appearance. You may want an arm lift for two reasons: If you have a history of weight loss that has left the excess skin of the upper armpits. Or if aging has left hanging loose skin. The patient who seeks this procedure should feel good, most of the time, with a scar on the arm that extends from the elbow to the armpit and sometimes even the chest wall to its fullest extent.
There are several degrees of this procedure depending on the bodily habits. Liposuction of the arm and brachioplasty is often done in conjunction.
The possible options will then be according to the characteristics of each patient:
In the case of a minimum upper arm, excess fat and without excess skin, liposuction can be effective. On the other hand, due to the excess of minimal skin located in the armpit, the brachioplasty limited to a single scar in the armpit could be appropriate.
For those with extensive excess of more upper arm skin, traditional brachioplasty will be required. This scar will extend from the elbow to the armpit and in some cases even the chest wall. Preoperative markings will be made and discussed with the patient. For your comfort, during a brachioplasty, general anesthesia will be given. The proposed incision, usually on the inside of the arm, is made and the excess skin is removed, taking care to leave enough skin so that the incision is closed without tension. There will be absorbable stitches placed in multiple layers in order to close the incision. You will be able to return home the same day after this procedure with the post-operative instructions.
After the operation, you will go home the same day of the procedure with some steps to follow:
Oral medications for pain control and we will follow it closely from our office.
Keep the arms raised above the level of the heart for a few days, followed by slow return to the usual use of the arms and hands in a few weeks. The resulting scar will take a year to fully heal, mature and assume its final color.