Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

A Brachioplasty or Arm Lift is a great way to get rid of excess arm skin.  Whether you have excess skin from losing a large amount of weight or loose skin from aging, you can’t get rid of it with exercise!  Dieting will help you lose weight and working out will make your muscles more defined but only a brachioplasty will make your skin tight.  You will love your new arms!

Aspire to be…..the one with the great arms!

HOW IT WORKS:

Consultation and Planning:

When you come to a consultation at ROXY Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grawe will examine you to help you decide what operation is best for you.  If you have excess fatty tissue, Dr. Grawe will recommend liposuction to make your arms thinner.  If you have excess skin, you will require a brachioplasty or arm lift.  There are two types of surgery that may be recommended.  A mini-lift has a scar only in your underarm area and can be used if there is a minimal amount of skin to be removed.  A full brachioplasty can be done for a more dramatic change.  At ROXY Plastic Surgery, we will tailor-make a plan just for you!

The Surgery:

Brachioplasty or Arm Lift is an outpatient operation, which means you can go home the same day.  It takes about 2 hours to complete and you will be completely asleep so you won’t feel or remember anything.  If liposuction is combined with the procedure, this will be done first.  Then the excess skin is removed and sutured together for a tighter and thinner arm.  Then the scar is covered with special tape to improve healing.  You are ready to go home about an hour later!

Recovery

You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be very swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down.

 You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery.  You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed.  This is important to prevent blood clots.  You may remove your outer dressing and shower 48 hours after surgery.  You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.

You will be instructed to not lift your arms over 90 degrees for the first few weeks, so you will need a little help at home.

 You may drive and return to work when you are no long taking prescription pain medicine.  Most people are able to return to a light duty job 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Remember that everyone is different.  Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone.  The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery.  The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.

RISKS:

With every surgery there are risks involved including bleeding, infection, blood clots, pain, scarring, delayed healing and need for further surgery.  Here are some complications specific to Brachioplasty:

Wound healing problems: The arms will be very tight and swollen at first.  If an area of the arm skin does not heal normally, you may develop a wound which requires dressing changes and takes longer than normal to heal. Eating a diet high in protein before and after surgery can lessen this risk.

Asymmetry: Most people are not symmetrical from one side to the other and there may be asymmetries after surgery as well.

Scarring: A mini-brachioplasty scar is in the underarm area.   A full brachioplasty scar is in the underarm area and down the arm to the elbow.  There may be a scar that looks worse than normal and additional treatments can be done to improve the result.

Blood Clots: All surgery may put you at risk for blood clots in your legs.  There are measures taken during and after surgery to avoid this ris