A brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) is used to improve the appearance of the lower region of the upper arms. During a brachioplasty, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin from under the arms (area between the elbow and armpit). This remaining skin is draped back over the new contours to create a toned look.
You may want an arm lift if:
Before scheduling a brachioplasty, you will meet with the plastic surgeon for an initial consultation. The doctor will:
Before undergoing brachioplasty surgery, you should:
Most of the time, brachiplasty is done using general anesthesia, which renders you unconscious and pain-free. For some clients, the surgery is done with sedation and local anesthetics. After receiving anesthesia, the surgeon makes incisions on the undersides of the arms, where the loose tissue is. Tissue and skin are removed, and the surgeon tightens the underlying connective tissues, which are secured with sutures. Liposuction may be used to remove fat tissue. This involves inserting a tiny cannula into the arm and suctioning away fat cells. After all changes and corrections are made, incisions are closed with sutures.
After your arm lift surgery, the incisions are covered with bandages, and your arms are wrapped in elastic compression bandages, which reduce swelling. You may have some small drains placed in each arm. A nurse monitors your condition for several minutes before you are discharged home. You will follow-up with the surgeon in 2-7 days to have bandages and drains removed. You will generally have to wear some type of compression sleeve or garment for 3 weeks. In the first few days after the procedure, you should:
The number of brachioplasties performed each year has increased over the last decade. Brachioplasty has a high success rate, with the majority of patients reporting good results. In a recent clinical study, brachiplasty was associated with a low complication rate.
Knoetgen J (2009). Long-Term Outcomes and Complications After Brachioplasty. Body Contouring, 331-335.