An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms for a more toned, slimmer appearance. Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. Many people are embarrassed by the appearance of sagging upper arms, and seek treatment to restore a slimmer, more youthful appearance.
The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. As with most cosmetic procedures, local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation eliminates the need for hospital visit, making the office operating facility ideal.
During the arm lift procedure, a hidden incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, running from the underarm to the elbow. Dr. Lipson will then remove excess fat and skin according to precise markings made while the patient is awake. Once fat is removed and skin is tightened, the incision will be closed with sutures that are absorbed by the body within a week or two. Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery, and to work in a few days.
After an arm lift procedure, patients will likely experience some swelling and bruising, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by our office. A mild compression garment may be worn to provide extra comfort.
The results of an arm lift are visible early, but will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subsides, which usually takes two weeks. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their arm lift procedure and are more than willing to accept an inconspicuous a scar for thin, youthful-looking arms. Scars will continue to fade over time to become less and less noticeable.
While an arm lift is considered a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. Dr. Lipson will discuss these risks with you, as well as address any concerns you may have, prior to surgery.
Major weight loss achieved through either natural means or bariatric surgery is a great accomplishment that allows patients to significantly improve their appearance and quality of life, while also reducing the risk of weight-related health conditions.
After significant weight loss, many patients are left with loose, hanging skin that has been stretched out by the excess weight and does not conform to the body's new contours. There may also be one or more problem areas that have not responded well to weight loss methods and still contain localized areas of stubborn fat.
Many patients seek body contouring procedures to complete the weight loss process and achieve a tighter appearance that they will be much happier with. Body contouring procedures often target problem areas such as the:
Multiple procedures may be needed in order to achieve the desired results and to reduce the impact of simultaneous major surgeries. Dr. Lipson will develop a personalized treatment plan with you, based on your individual needs and goals for surgery.
Body contouring procedures are generally considered safe, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon. It is important for patients to be in good overall health, at a stable weight and to maintain realistic expectations for surgery. These procedures cannot serve as a means for significant weight loss, but instead reduce the discomfort and appearance of loose, sagging skin for a smoother body contour.
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