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.

Visit our Gallery to view before & afters of our Arm Lift after Massive Weight Loss procedure.