Arm Lift / Brachioplasty
Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise. Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.
Brachioplasty is for adults with significant upper arm skin laxity whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight. The best candidates are healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward. It is to tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm and reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.
Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of Dr. Antonetti.
An incision are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on what Dr. Antonetti decides is best for you, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.
Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.