Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is intended to improve the appearance of the back side of the upper arms. Excess skin and fat in these areas can often be effectively treated with some form of lipoplasty, but in severe cases, is still best approached by surgical excision. Find out what is best for you by consulting with a surgeon that has training and experience with both techniques.
Since this procedure is often combined with other complementing techniques, it is usually performed as an outpatient, under a light general anesthetic. There can be flexibility in anesthetic choices depending on unique patient characteristics and procedures selected.
Incisions will depend on the chosen technique. The classic brachioplasty procedure involves a scar from the axilla to near the elbow on the inside of the upper arm.
All patients are evaluated no later than the day after surgery. Postoperative care and recovery is again discussed in great detail. Care of the operative are is detailed in the written and verbal instructions. Phone calls are encouraged if there is need of clarification. There should be no heavy lifting, strenuous activity or “straining” for two more weeks. Return to work or other more specific activities should be addressed with the physician/nurse since there can be a high degree of variability in demand and a plan can often be developed to enable you to return to more normal activity faster.
Compression garments are worn for one month full time and two weeks, half time.
Results can be long term but certainly are impacted by weight loss/gain, environmental factors and the natural aging process.