A brachioplasty procedure, or arm lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure done on the upper arms. It can be done on its own or along with other body contouring procedures. Brachioplasty is most commonly done on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and have been left with a lot of excess sagging skin and/or fat deposits.
What Does a Brachioplasty Procedure Involve?
The details of the procedure will vary based on the amount of skin and fat the patient as, as well as many other factors. The surgeon may remove the excess fat either through a simple excision or liposuction. It all depends on the unique situation.
The patient should plan on taking some time off from work or school to recover from the procedure. They should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for a set amount of time after the surgery. The doctor, however, may encourage lighter exercise like walking to promote healing.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate will be someone in good overall health with realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery, and the results. Many candidates are people who have lost massive amounts of weight and have been left with a lot of distended skin that won’t conform to their new and smaller frame. However, it is also commonly performed on patients who are starting to notice signs of aging in the upper arms.
Patients who smoke need to quit several weeks beforehand since smoking increases the risk of complications. Similarly, people who take blood thinners need to stop taking them at least four weeks before the surgery. It takes time to recover from a brachioplasty procedure, and the patient should plan accordingly. But once a full recovery has been completed, the patient can enjoy the amazing results.