Brachioplasty surgery is a relatively new arm lift procedure that was up over 20% in 2017.1 This cosmetic arm lift surgery improves the contour and appearance of the upper arms by eliminating excess fat and loose skin which has not responded to diet and exercise.
When performed by a double board-certified surgeon like Dr. Do in Houston, this procedure is a safe and effective way to improve your self-confidence and reverse the stubborn effects of aging, childbirth, or rapid weight loss.
Your arm lift surgeon will help determine if you will benefit from brachioplasty, liposuction, or a combination of procedures which will create the best results. While liposuction is helpful in removing excess fat, when there is also excess skin present it may not be enough by itself to restore a healthy arm contour.
Brachioplasty surgery provides a better result for individuals with skin which has lost its elasticity over time. Treating skin laxity and eliminating loose drooping skin is the primary benefit of the arm lift surgery procedure.
You may be a good candidate for brachioplasty if you are:
The risks associated with the procedure are the same or similar to any other surgery. These will be clearly explained to you ahead of time and you will be asked to sign documents indicating that you understand these factors. Managing your risk starts with choosing an experienced and board-certified surgeon.
All surgery carries these risk factors:
It will take about 2 hours for the arm lift surgeon to complete your procedure, which will entail:
Follow the specific recommendations of your brachioplasty surgeon as you recover from the procedure. Most people can resume normal activities and go back to work in 1-2 weeks. Rest, eating well, and staying hydrated will help speed your recovery.
Dr. Do is a double board-certified surgeon in Houston who has held leadership positions at prestigious local medical centers and lectured at the state and national level in the cosmetic surgery field. With numerous awards and the expertise to serve as an Oral Examiner for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Do is the clear choice to make your aesthetic goals a reality.
Based on your individual needs, these other common procedures might also be helpful:
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely be swelling and bruising. You will be encouraged to move your hands and fingers to avoid any stiffness.
You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area. You should not engage in any strenuous activities until your surgeon releases you to do so. Your scars will be permanent but will eventually fade. You should allow 9 – 12 months for your scars to flatten and lighten in color.