What is Brachioplasty?
An upper arm lift (or brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the upper arm and reshapes the muscle and skin to correct the effects of aging or significant weight loss. Brachioplasty may be performed in conjunction with liposuction of the excess fat before the skin is tightened. The result is a firmer, slimmer arm contour.
Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery
An arm lift provides many benefits that you may not expect. In addition to giving you beautifully sculpted arms, the surgery can:
• Allow you to wear short-sleeve and sleeveless tops with confidence
• Stop excess skin from being pinched or pulled
• Complete the transformation you have made after losing a substantial amount of weight
• Allow you to fit more comfortably into shirts, jackets, and other clothing with tighter sleeves
• Be combined with other contouring procedures, such as a thigh lift(لینک شود), for a beautiful, all-over transformation
Am I a candidate for Brachioplasty?
This procedure is best suited for women and men who have loose upper arm skin that hangs in an unattractive appearance. Frequently this is the result of a large amount of weight loss and is termed “bat wings” by many people but can also occur when the skin just loses its elasticity. Liposuction alone can frequently take care of excess fat in the upper arm but will not address the loose skin. The procedure involves excising the excess skin and fat on the arm from the axilla (armpit) out to the elbow. The scar that remains in the area can be hard to hide. Some patients will have the excision extended down their side to excise loose skin in the case of a large amount of weight loss.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty by Dr. Akbari is designed to meet your unique needs. Before you are approved for the procedure,Doctor akbari will ensure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. You will also discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals to determin
e whether an arm lift is right for you.
The type of incisions used for your surgery will depend on how much lifting you require and what type of scarring you are comfortable with. In some cases, an arm lift can be performed via small incisions in a patient’s armpit. For this type of minimally invasive procedure, دکتر اکبریwill use endoscopic tools to access tissues within your arms, gently pulling them taut. After redraping the underlying tissues and skin, he will excise any excess and suture the incisions closed. Because this techniques provides access to a portion of the arm, incisions in the armpit are best for patients with minimal sagging.
For more extensive sagging, Dr. Akbari may use an incision that extends from the armpit to the elbow. This incision may be placed behind or beneath the arm, depending on where it looks best for each patient. This incision allows the surgeon access to the entire length of the upper arm. Similar to the less invasive technique, sagging skin will be pulled tight for improved definition. Excess tissues and skin will be excised from the arms, then sutured closed. Doctor akbari will keep incisions hidden in the contours of your arm so that they are as discreet as possible.
Many patients choose to also receive liposuction on their upper arms during the procedure. Liposuction gently removes excess fatty tissue, enhancing the final results of your arm lift for a slimmer look.
Day of Surgery
After your surgery, you will spend approximately one hour in the recovery room. The Recovery Room nurse will show you how to strip and empty your drains. A friend or family member will need to drive you home. You can expect some swelling to occur initially. A compression sleeve will help minimize the swelling. Keep a daily output log if drains are placed.
Day 1 (After Surgery)
Take it easy and keep your arms propped up on pillows beside you when you are resting. It is not uncommon to have drainage on your garment. Take pain medication as directed.
Days 2 to 7 (After Surgery)
Shower today. If drains were placed, drape a shoelace or bungee cord around your neck and secure the ends to the loop on the drain bulb. This will keep tension off of the drains while showering. Your swelling and discomfort will slowly improve. A compression shirt such as Under Armour can be worn when laundering the surgical garment. You may gradually increase your activity. Continue to elevate your arms when resting. You will be asked to come to the office about seven days after your surgery. Bring your drain record to your appointment.
After 1st Week
Pain and swelling continue to improve. Drains will be removed at this time. Most people feel up to working and doing light activities. A long sleeved compression shirt may be worn.
After 1st Month
Most people are well healed at this time. There will be a small amount of swelling still present, however. After this visit, you will have no restrictions after 6 weeks.