Who is a candidate for Brachioplasty?
- If you have accumulated excess skin of the arms secondary to weigh loss (“bat wings”).
- If you have lost the contour of your arms as a result of excess skin.
- If you will not wear short sleeves as a result of unsightly arms.
- If you still feel obese despite your weight loss, due to your arm appearance.
Intended results of Brachioplasty:
- Remove and refine the excess fat and skin of the upper arm.
- Create an arm that shows muscle tone.
Description of Brachioplasty procedure:
- The excess skin of the arm is removed from the armpit area down to the elbows.
- Occasionally the incisions are extended into the arm pit to capture the excess skin of the area, and are extended below the elbow to refine the lower area.
- Liposuction is a major part of this operation.
- All sutures are absorbable. Skin is covered with glue or tape.
- Occasionally drains are used.
- A special garment is provided.
- This outpatient operation is done under general anesthesia.
Recuperation and healing after Brachioplasty:
- Minimal discomfort is controlled by oral analgesics.
- Most Bellevue plastic surgery patients take a week off work and resume exercise in 4-6 weeks.
- Lingering swelling of arms and hands resolves in about a month.
- Results are evident in 3 months.
Other options and information on Brachioplasty:
- Additional procedures that enhance results are lateral Thoracoplasty (chest wall recontouring), Breast Lift, and Upper Body Lift.
- The position of the incision of brachioplasty should be in an indiscernible position while arms are at the side.
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons additional information on Brachioplasty — http://www.plasticsurgery.org.
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