What is a Brachioplasty? Why an Upper Arm Lift Might Be Right For You.

What is a Brachioplasty?

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Brachioplasty is the medical term for an Upper Arm Lift. It is performed on the area between the elbow and the armpit to remove excess or hanging skin caused by significant weight loss or general aging. 

Brachioplasty is an increasingly popular procedure for a mixture of cosmetic and practical reasons. One reason for the rise in arm lifts is due to the rise in weight-loss surgeries. Typically after significant weight loss, there is excess skin that will not ?bounce back.?

Unfortunately, there is no exercise for the skin. For this reason, patients often feel upset that they are now at their goal weight but feel they are unable to enjoy their success due to feeling self-conscious about their excess skin. 

Why Brachioplasty? 

In most cases, the main reason for seeking Brachioplasty surgery is a cosmetic one. A Brachioplasty can remove the loose skin that creates a ?wing? appearance. Tightening the skin on the upper arms can restore confidence and allow patients to wear sleeveless apparel without feeling self-conscious. We all know the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin and for some people, this procedure can restore this. 

Another reason for Brachioplasty is a practical one. For some people, excess skin on the arms can interfere with everyday activities including exercise and household tasks. Additionally, excess skin can cause problems with rubbing or chafing and cause significant discomfort. 

How a Brachioplasty Surgery Works

Brachioplasty is a major surgery that is performed under general anesthesia. Typically, both arms are done at the same time. The surgeon makes incisions on the inside of the upper arm, then tightens the underlying layers. Sometimes, patients will also request liposuction to remove some fat. Finally, the surgeon will re-drape the skin and remove any excess. Then, the opening is closed with stitches, staples, and/or surgical tape.

The procedure is dependent on the patient?s needs. Therefore the length of the incision and other details all depend on the specific condition of the patient. 

Recovering from the Procedure

Recovery from Brachioplasty surgery takes time. After surgery, the patient’s arms are covered in bandages and elastic wraps. This protects the incisions and helps minimize swelling. It can take three to four weeks before patients can lift their arms over their heads.

The results of a Brachioplasty are permanent. However, over time there can be some sagging due to age-related collagen loss. Overall, this procedure is the only way to remove excess skin from the arms and achieve a tighter, more toned upper arm area. 

Interested in Brachioplasty? 

If you are looking at having a Brachioplasty in the South Florida area, we are here to help. Our expert team can answer any questions you may have and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Castrellon. Call us today.

Frequently Ask Questions

If you have a sedentary job, you can expect to return to work just one week after your brachioplasty. However, if your job is physically demanding, you should expect to take around two weeks off from work following your brachioplasty.
1-3 Days Post Arm Lift Surgery – Most patients experience moderate pain the first few days after their Arm Lift which can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication. Expect that your arms will be bandaged and wrapped after surgery, impacting your range of motion and movements that you can perform.
Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess blood or fluid. You’ll likely see someone from your plastic surgery team within a day or two after your arm lift.
Patients may be asked to wear compression garments for about 3 – 6 weeks to help control side effects, such as bruising or swelling, and allow the arms to heal properly. Patients will want to use pillows to keep the arms elevated, increase circulation, and reduce swelling during the day and at night.
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation.
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

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