An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is an excellent way to remove the excess hanging skin from the arms as well as the extra fat. Massive weight loss can result in much thinner arms, but the excess skin does not “spring back” and this can contribute to an unpleasing appearance to the arms when they’re raised. The skin can swing from side to side causing the person to refrain from raising his or her arms. Hygiene can also be a problem along with hair removal from the arm pits. After the skin is removed from an arm lift, this problem frequently goes away and the arms are much more attractive when they’re placed above the head. If excess fat is the problem either alone or with excess skin, liposuction is commonly performed with the brachioplasty in order to aesthetically shape the arms with excess fat removal. The procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other body contouring procedures. If it’s performed alone, it takes about 2-3 hours and can be done as an outpatient with minimal downtime and discomfort. Maryland cosmetic surgery expert, Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber, also removes the excess skin from the axilla (arm pit) as well as the side of the chest as part if his arm lift. He does not charge extra for this and he believes it adds to the attractiveness of the arm lift immensely.
Reasons for Considering an Arm Lift (Brachiplasty):
Reshape the arms.
Correct sagging arm skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
Contour the axillae (arm pits) and sides of the chest to remove excess skin after weight loss.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – General Procedure
The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Let your Maryland arm lift expert, Dr. Schreiber, determine what is best for you during a consultation. The procedure is routinely done in conjuction with other body contouring procedures, so general anesthesia is typically used. Dr. Schreiber uses plenty of local anesthesia (lidocaine) in order to minimize any post-operative discomfort. However, if the brachioplasty is being done alone, Dr. Schreiber can perform the procedure under twilight sedation with the local anesthesia. Generally speaking, the arm lift is performed by making incisions from the elbow to the arm pit and then down the chest. Liposuction is commonly done before this if needed though a small part of the planned incision. After the incision has been made, Dr. Schreiber carefully removes the extra skin and fat. Precise suturing is then done to get the most inconspicuous scar possible. Depending on the amount of skin removed, Dr. Schreiber may place small drains underneath the skin to help prevent pockets of excess fluid from accumulating. The arms are then wrapped with Ace bandages in order to ensure a smooth contour to the arms after the procedure.
Dr. Schreiber performs body lifts and other cosmetic surgery procedures at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and at the SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland. Both of these facilities are easily accessible from Towson, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Pikesville, Ruxton, Lutherville, Howard County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) – Recovery Process
Generally, post-operative instructions require plenty of rest and limited movement for 5-7 days in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.