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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

General Procedure Information

After dramatic weight loss or simply due to aging, individuals may be left with loose, excess skin on the upper arm area. This can be quite troublesome for some people. It can make wearing short sleeve shirts or tank tops difficult; some people may develop rashes under the arms. Weight lifting and arm exercises will tone the underlying muscles of the arm, but unfortunately no amount of exercise will get rid of this excess skin.

Fortunately, there is a solution: a procedure called a brachioplasty, also known as an upper arm lift.

About the Surgery

The Procedure There are many variations of a brachioplasty, and Dr. Breister Ghosh will discuss your options with you at your consultation. In general, a brachioplasty consists of removing excess skin and fat from the upper arm area. The most common variation involves an incision from the axilla (armpit area) down to the elbow. In some cases, the incision must extend slightly beyond the elbow to achieve the best result.

Another approach to a brachioplasty involves a horizontal incision in the axilla (armpit area). This variation is reserved for patients who have a very mild degree of loose, excess skin.

Liposuction may be done concurrently to reduce any unwanted tissue thickness of the arms.

Procedure Length Approximately 3 hours under general anesthesia.

Surgery Location Accredited, outpatient surgical facility with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Recovery After surgery, the arms are wrapped with gentle compression to help reduce swelling. Patients should elevate the arms as much as possible. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process, and it’s not uncommon for patients to have some swelling the lower arms and hands. A light compression garment may be worn for as long as necessary to reduce occurrences of swelling. Patients should take a minimum of 2-3 weeks off work; Dr. Breister Ghosh may recommend a longer time off work depending on the physical demands of your job.

The incisions can take approximately 3-4 months to mature, and take up to a year to soften and fade. However, the improved contour of the arm can be seen almost immediately as soon as initial swelling resolves. The scars involved with a brachioplasty can be a little intimidating, but patients can rest assured Dr. Breister Ghosh will use her extensive training and knowledge to minimize the appearance of scarring.

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