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.
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.
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