This procedure will restore the firm, fit, tight look to your upper arms by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue, and creating definition to your upper arms.

Who Is A Candidate For Brachioplasty?

  • Those who have accumulated excess skin of the arms secondary to weight loss (“bat wings”)
  • Those who have lost the contour of their arms and have loose, hanging excess skin
  • Those who are embarrassed to wear short sleeves because of heavy and unattractively loose upper arms
  • Those who have achieved dramatic weight loss and are left with loose skin
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Intended Results

  • To remove excess fat, tissue, and skin of the upper arms
  • To create defined arms that look attractive
  • To achieve a smooth, attractive upper arm profile with muscle definition

The Brachioplasty Procedure

The excess skin on the upper arm is removed, from armpit to the elbows. For some patients, the incisions are extended into the armpit to resolve excess skin and fat in the area, or they may be extended below the elbow to help refine the lower arm area. Occasionally a minimal-incision brachioplasty can be used for patients who have minimal upper arm excess skin. The incision for this procedure is placed in the axilla (armpit).

  • Liposuction is occasionally used in this procedure to remove fatty deposits.
  • All sutures are absorbable. The area is bandaged during healing.
  • Dr. Egrari uses a novel technique that does not require drains.
  • A special surgical garment is provided for support and healing.
  • This outpatient operation is done under general anesthesia.
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Recovery After An Arm Lift

  • Expect minimal discomfort which can be controlled by prescription pain medication for the first few days.
  • Any swelling resolves in about one month.
  • Most arm lift patients take one week off work and resume exercise in four to six weeks.
  • Full results are achieved in about three months.

Our post-operative scar management will be in full force with this operation, as the scar is one of the limitations of this operation. Dr. Egrari has pioneered various techniques to improve the appearance of this scar. This includes placement of skin bridges that reduce the tension of the scar.

The Art Of Aesthetic Surgery Principles And Techniques

Dr. Egrari is a global leader in Brachioplasty. He has been involved with multiple presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals about this subject. Recently, he authored the chapter on Brachioplasty in one of plastic surgery's most definitive textbooks, The Art of Aesthetic Surgery Principles & Techniques.

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Brachioplasty In Seattle

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons additional information on Brachioplasty at http://www.plasticsurgery.org. Visit our gallery to view images of patients who have had arm lift surgery performed by renowned Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Egrari.

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