Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Arm Lift, Brachioplasty in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

What is an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift, is quickly becoming one of the most desired plastic surgery procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates for upper arm lifts in 2012 was 15,457 procedures.  This  represents a 4,473 percent increase in the number of arm lifts performed in 2000. An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the axilla to the elbow. If you need fat reduction during your procedure, it may require both excision and liposuction, in addition to removing loose skin from the back of the arms.

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Who gets an Arm Lift ?

Upper arms tend to be a troublesome area for many people due to loose, excess skin and fat. Along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine the upper arms giving them a firm, well-defined appearance. For men and women who have loose skin with minimal elasticity, an arm lift procedure may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.

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What to expect:

During the procedure, you may receive local anesthesia and sedation so that you will be comfortable, or you may receive general anesthesia so that you will be asleep throughout the duration of the surgery. The entire arm lift procedure generally takes from two to three hours. Most patients report that there is no significant pain with the procedure. Incisions are made on the inside and/or back of the arm. Depending on your specific procedure, incisions may be minimized. The underlying tissue is reshaped with internal sutures, while the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Risks and Recovery from an Arm Lift:

Brachioplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. The results of the arm lift are apparent immediately.  There will be some swelling and bruising, though for a few weeks.  You should refrain from strenuous exercise and other rigorous tasks until you are medically cleared.  A compression garment will be necessary for a few weeks so that the skin adheres to the underlying tissues. Brachioplasty surgery has a very low incidence of complications.  Rare but possible complications associated with an arm lift include: seroma, hematoma and/or scarring, and/or infection.

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