Brachioplasty is the technical term for an arm lift. Loose or saggy skin on the underside of the arms is an extremely common complaint of massive weight loss patients however it can also be hereditary. Arms are also a notoriously different place to lose weight and tone up no matter how much diet and exercise you do.
One of the main concerns patients have when planning for a brachioplasty is where the scars will be. The answer to this depends on the individual patient, how much and where the excess skin and fat is sitting, and where the surgeon determines the best place to make the incisions will be. Generally, incisions extend from the arm to the elbow and are placed on the back or the inside of you arm. Dr Bill Lyon takes every effort to ensure brachioplasty scars are in the least obvious place possible, however brachioplasty patients should understand that scars are a payoff for having beautifully contoured arms.
Through an incision in the armpit and down along the inside of the arm, excess skin and fat are removed. Because the arm is a cylinder, tightening the skin on the inner side of the arm will tighten the skin all the way around the arm. A brachioplasty is often combined with arm liposuction to remove excess fat and further improve the contour of the arm. Unfortunately, liposuction alone does not always work for contouring of the arm as it is the loose skin that is the issue, and surgery maybe the only thing that will remove and tighten that skin.
Brachioplasty is known for having a lengthy recovery due to the arms being such a mobile part of the body. Patients should be prepared with help at home and plan for at least 2 – 3 weeks off work, with normal physical activities and exercise only being possible after at least 4 – 6 weeks.
‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’