Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Arm Lift Baton Rouge LA

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms for a more toned, slimmer appearance. Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. Soft sagging tissue on the upper arms may also be the result of a very successful weight loss program.Often, even an otherwise productive exercise program cannot address the inelastic skin and fat deposits that may cause sagging upper arms. Many people are embarrassed by the appearance of sagging upper arms, and seek treatment to restore a slimmer, more youthful appearance.

The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. It is also important that patients are healthy overall, with no major medical conditions that may be affected by surgery.The arm lift procedure will reduce excess skin and fat deposits between the underarm and the elbow, reshape the skin and contours of the upper arm, and give the arms a more toned appearance.

Prior to you arm lift procedure you will meet with Dr. Wade to discuss your goals for the surgery.He will also want to know about any other medical conditions you may have, and medications you are currently taking, other surgeries you have undergone, and your use of herbal supplements, tobacco, and alcohol, all which can affect the success and safety of the procedure.For you own safety, you must be entirely candid with Dr. Wade during this pre-surgery consultation.

Procedure

During the arm lift procedure, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, often spanning from the underarm to the elbow. Dr. Wade will then remove excess fat using liposuction, before trimming and tightening the excess skin and suturing it into place. For patients with only a small amount of excess skin, a minimal incision arm lift procedure may be performed, in which a few small incisions are made near the underarm area for a less invasive fat and tissue removal. Dr. Wade will determine which procedure is best for you after a physical exam and discussion of your individual goals for surgery.

Once fat is removed and skin is tightened, the incision will be closed with sutures that will be absorbed by the body within a week or two. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation and usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of removal required. Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery.

Recovery

After an arm lift procedure, patients will likely experience swelling and bruising, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Drainage tubes may be placed at the incision site to collect any excess blood or fluid for the first few days after surgery. Compression bandages may be worn as well to help promote proper healing.

The results of an arm lift are visible right away, but will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subsides, which usually takes two weeks. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their arm lift procedure and are more than willing to sacrifice a scar for thin, youthful-looking arms. Scars will continue to fade over time to become less and less noticeable, and in less severe cases scars can often be hidden under the armpit and are not readily visible.

Risks

While an arm lift is considered a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Loss of sensation
  • Scarring
  • Permanent swelling

Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you, as well as address any concerns you may have, prior to surgery.


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