Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

What Is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can lift and tighten up loose skin in the upper arms, resulting in a firmer, more youthful contour. Brachioplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other body contouring procedures.

The effects of aging on the skin are familiar to all of us. Over time, the skin changes in four ways: it loses thickness, loses elasticity, loses adherence to the underlying tissue, and is affected by gravity. At the same time, the deep layers of fat, muscle and bone thin as well. The amount of elastic tissue and collagen present in the dermis (the deep layer of the skin) also decreases. One area where these changes are especially apparent is the upper arm.

Who Is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

In general, you are a candidate for an arm lift if you have significant upper arm skin laxity.  Your weight should be relatively stable and you should not be significantly overweight. You must be a nonsmoker and you should be healthy without any medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of your surgery.

Arm Lift Before & After

arm lift before and after

*Individual results may vary

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How Can I Prepare for Arm Lift Surgery?

While preparing for brachioplasty, you will be asked to avoid taking certain medications or adjust your current medications that you are using.  You must stop smoking and avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs as this can increase your bleeding during the procedure.

Brachioplasty Procedure

Anesthesia is administered for your comfort during brachioplasty. We offer local and general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss these options with you and determine which one is best for your procedure. Incision length and type is dependent on where the problematic area is that we are addressing. Once determined, your surgeon will discuss which will work best for your procedure.

Common incision areas are on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm. This depends on your surgeons preference and what works best for your individual needs. Your incision may extend from the underarm to just above your elbow. Any extra fat that needs to be addressed may be directly removed or can be treated with liposuction. After your specific issues have been addressed, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Your incisions can be closed either with absorbable sutures or typical stitches. Regular stitches will have to be removed within one to two weeks following your surgery.

Schedule A Consultation

If you’re considering brachioplasty, contact our office today! Call (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.

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