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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Overview

An arm lift or brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm area to create firmer more youthfully contoured arms. After major weight loss or due to aging, the skin and muscle structures of the upper arms can lose elasticity, thickness, and the ability to adhere to underlying tissue causing unsightly "bat wings" or baggy skin pockets that hang down. If you feel trapped in long sleeved clothes because you're embarrassed to wear short sleeves or tank tops, it's time to consider arm lift surgery. Brachioplasty can reshape your arms so you can regain your confidence and the freedom to wear what you like.

Choosing to enhance your physique can also provide additional incentive to live a healthier more active lifestyle. Once you feel confident about your appearance, getting out and living your life can be a joyous experience. You might even look forward to working out, sporting events and recreational activities that once made you feel inadequate or ashamed of your appearance.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Arm Lift Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in brachioplasty procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Brachioplasty

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having an arm lift will change the shape of your arms. Having shapelier arms may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you've made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you've had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Not all arm lifts or the surgeons that perform them are the same. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. There are different techniques and procedures for brachioplasty surgery. Some surgeons rely on liposuction techniques, while others surgically remove skin and tissue, and some surgeons use a combination of both liposuction and surgery. Have the surgeon explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of brachioplasty procedures:

  • Since this surgery requires incisions on both arms, will the resulting scars be symmetrical? If not, how significant will the difference be between the two scars?
  • Will there be any difficulty with your range of motion after the procedure?
  • How should I prepare for my recovery?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • Will you have use of your arms during recovery? How many follow up visits will you need to schedule?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Plastic Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Arm Lift Recovery

For the first 48 to 72 hours you will be given pain medication, and you will need lots of rest. If you have children, they will need to be cared for by your spouse or another guardian for the first few days. You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks.

You may need to wear a special compression garment to help your skin and muscles adhere to underlying tissues. Your doctor may insert drainage tubes with sutures to help alleviate additional swelling. The tubes and sutures will be removed with a week of your arm lift surgery.

Full physical recovery may take up to four weeks. During that time you will gradually regain strength of movement as your body heals. Your scars may take up to seven months to completely heal.

Arm Lift Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the risks for excessive bleeding?
  • What are the risks of asymmetrical scarring?
  • Is there any risk of nerve damage or loss of sensation?
  • What is the risk for pulmonary embolism?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with brachioplasty surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Arm Lift

Arm lift results are typically permanent depending on the type of procedure. With liposuction alone, weight gain and aging can cause continued sagging over the very long term (10 to 15 years). With surgical removal of skin, fat and tissue, the results tend to be more dramatic and last longer, though scarring is more visible.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Arm Lift Plastic Surgeons in your area , who specialize in arm lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.