Brachioplasty, also referred to as an arm lift, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm area. Dr. Aya-ay incorporates liposuction of the upper arm in this technique. This surgical cosmetic procedure is often used after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and has excess sagging skin on the arms. It also can be used to combat the effects of aging, as aging and genetics can certainly play a major part in the loss of skin elasticity and development of sagging skin.
During the procedure, the skin is tightened on the arms to reveal a more aesthetic and toned upper arm shape. A scar will remain on the inner part of the upper arms. The length of the scar depends on the degree of laxity.
A brachioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Standard tumescent liposuction techniques are performed then the surgeon will then excise the excess fat and skin. After skin tissue and fat is removed, the surgeon will stitch the arm together for a new, tightened appearance.
A compression garment may be given by the surgeon in order to combat swelling to the upper arm area. A drainage tube may also be used in order to drain any excess fluid that can build up after surgery. Additional instructions will be given by the surgeon that explain how to treat the incision area, side effects to look out for, follow up appointments, and medications.
As an additional note, it is important to refrain from smoking during the recovery time period. Smoking can significantly slow the healing process, which can lead to various risks, as well as lead to a more visible permanent scar.
Patients can generally return to work within two weeks of the surgical cosmetic procedure. Normal activity level can usually be performed within six weeks. Of course, it is wise to check in with your surgeon to make sure that normal levels of activity can be resumed.
Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D. Plastic Surgery, P.L.
16626 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618