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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:

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  • 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.

    Call or contact us to schedule your own arm lift complimentary consultation with our top woman plastic surgeon, 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
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    Before and After Arm Lift

    Anterior view, brachioplasty

    Photos before and after San Diego upper arm plastic surgery

    Photograph excess skin removal from upper arms

    DBG Plastic Surgery Center
    Arm Lift
    (619) 822-1667
    2275 Rio Bonito Way, Suite 220
    San Diego, CA 92108

    Mission Valley, Mission Center off Friars Rd.

    * The information contained within this website is not intended to be medical advice nor is it a substitute for medical advice about breast implants women doctors or any other surgical and cosmetic surgery advice. The general information provided within this website is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. A free consultation with the doctor, a board-certified plastic surgeon and MD, is required to determine if you are a good candidate for upper arm lifting or any of the best San Diego cosmetic surgery procedures including bat wing removal, arm rejuvenation and surgical repair for non-flabby arms described herein and before any medical information can be provided to address your specific needs and goals. Before and after photos can help you better understand the various procedures that are available to you, in addition to helping you form reasonable expectations of what can be achieved through plastic surgery. It is important to keep in mind that each person is different and that your results may vary. Many external links have been provided on this site as a service and convenience to our patients and other visitors to our website. These external sites are created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Dr. Breister Ghosh, MD does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.
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