ARM LIFT / BRACHIOPLASTY
If you have lost a lot of weight and had any of the thoughts noted below, chances are you may be a good candidate for Brachioplasty and upper arm contouring or
an arm lift:
My upper arm is still flabby; I want to be able to wear short sleeves.
My body needs to be "smoothed out" in one or more places.
I thought just losing weight would be enough to give me a great body, but I need something more.
It's hard to exercise since I have a lot of excess skin.
After dramatic weight loss, it is not uncommon that people are left with an excess amount of skin on the upper arm area.
This has often times been referred to as a "batwing deformity" or some people even call the loose skin and tissue "grandma arms."
This type of excess skin and sagging skin of the upper arm can be extremely problematic for some people. It can result in difficulty in wearing clothes, especially short sleeve shirts. It can also result in rashes under the arm.
No matter how much you exercise-you may still find yourself wearing sleeves in July.
Many people seek treatment for this particular problem. The surgery to address the "batwing deformity" can be termed an "arm lift" or a brachioplasty.
The brachioplasty consists of removing skin and fat from the upper arm area. The most common type of incision for this is a vertical incision which runs approximately from the axilla area down to the elbow. It is uncommon for this incision to cross the elbow, although sometimes if a person has a great deal of excess skin beyond the elbow, the incision certainly can cross the elbow if necessary. On occasion, liposuction is done at the same time to reduce some of the tissue thickness in the anterior arm area.
This particular surgery is done under a general anesthesia. After the tissue has been excised, the incisions are closed and the arms are usually wrapped with gentle compression. It is advised that the patient, in the recovery period, elevate the arms as much as possible. It is not uncommon that the hands and lower arms have some swelling after this procedure. Healing time can take anywhere from 10 days to 21 days. The incision usually takes approximately three to four months for the scar to mature and can be longer, up to a year, for the scar to soften and fade.
Some of the potential complications of brachioplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring, or seroma which is a collection of clear fluid. If the patient does get a seroma, this may need to be addressed by aspiration. It is usually advisable that the patient also wear some type of light compression in the post-op period. Overall, patients are usually very pleased with the brachioplasty.* It does take a little bit of time for the incision to mature, however the contour of the arm can be greatly improved.*
There is an approach to brachioplasty which involves only a horizontal incision in the axillary area. This procedure does not address a large amount of skin ptosis. This procedure would be reserved for someone who had a very mild amount of ptosis. This is due to the fact that the results that can be achieved with this type of incision are very limited.
In finding a surgeon to perform your brachioplasty, it is always important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon. As far as recovery, it is important to plan for approximately 10-14 days off of work, and also plan on a minimal amount of activity during this time.
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Dr. Breister Ghosh, and determine if our
upper arm rejuvenation in San Diego is a solution that will work for you.
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Diana Breister Ghosh, M.D.
2275 Rio Bonito Way, Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92108