This procedure works extrememly well for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin. It is not a good procedure for individuals who have excessive amounts of subcutaneous fat or who have not achieved a steady healthy weight loss. The scars are situated to be not apparent from the usually exposed potions of the arm. This patient is depicted on less than one month after surgery.
This is patient underwent liposuction of both upper arms 3 months prior to this photo. Liposuction is only a good surgical option for small volume changes for people who otherwise are near their ideal body weight and have reasonable skin quality.
This 35 year old is photographed 9 months after bilateral brachioplasty surgery. She has been through an incredibly brave weight loss journey and after she reached her goals and was able to stabilize her weight she was an ideal candidate for surgery. The scars for this surgery take several months to years to fade, but are designed to contour along the lower edge of the arm, so that with arms held up or place at the side, the scar is positioned in the least visible area. She has been a very grateful and excellent patient.
ARM LIFTS INFORMATION
If you have excess skin and minimal fat, a lift may help you achieve the look you want.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT?
If you have loose, sagging arm skin and minimal fat which is resistant to diet and exercise you may be a good candidate for an arm lift. Arm lifts can also reduce the size of the arm so that clothes fit more comfortably.
HOW DO I CHOSE BETWEEN AN ARM LIFT AND LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction works extremely well to get rid of excess fat in the upper arms. If your skin has good elasticity this may be the right operation for you to reduce the size of your arms and take on a sleeker contour. We can help you determine this in a consultation.
WHERE ARE THE SCARS FOR A BRACHIOPLASTY?
Scars are placed along the inside of your arm and armpit. The length of the scar depends on the amount of skin needing removal. This location is difficult to hide, and while scars heal, they can remain quite visible. For some people with a significant amount of excess tissue, this trade-off is very acceptable.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?
You will typically need to wear a compression garment for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You will be able to do light activity immediately. You will usually have a drain in each arm and staples that can come out 3-5 days after surgery. Many people return to work after one week, but we request you avoid strenuous activity for 2-4 weeks. There will be swelling and bruising that will improve over the first month.