After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become inelastic, loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, reduces that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction.
THE ARM LIFT PROCEDURE
At the start of arm lift surgery, either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation are administered. This allows for a completely pain-free and comfortable experience.
Incisions are then made on the back or inner side of the arm, usually from the armpit to the elbow. In some cases, these incisions are either longer or shorter, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed.
Excess skin is then trimmed away using a scalpel, and pockets of excess fat are removed via liposuction using a cannula and medical suction. The underlying tissues are tightened, as is the remaining skin. Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of stitches.
ARM LIFT RECOVERY
After the brachioplasty procedure, you can return home to rest and recover. During the healing process, you will need to use ice packs and wear post-surgical elastic compression garments in order to control swelling and bruising. These garments encourage the skin to more tightly conform to the new underlying contours.
Time off from work will be necessary, and you will need to avoid lifting heavy objects, participating in strenuous exercise, or playing sports until recovery is complete.
by T.L., Brachioplasty
CONTACT OUR OFFICE
The best way to learn more about the arm lift in Davenport is by contacting the office of Dr. Benjamin Van Raalte. Dr. Van Raalte has the skill and experience needed to contour your arms, creating a more toned and attractive appearance.