Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift surgery, is an elective outpatient surgery to remove excess skin and fat along the arms. There are several reasons a patient may present for a brachioplasty, most commonly it is secondary to weight loss or genetic predisposition. As with any surgery, there will be a scar and due to the location the scar it may be visible to others depending on the clothing you choose to wear. The incision for a brachioplasty will be from the elbow to the axilla (armpit) or extend into the armpit if there is excess tissue that needs to be removed. An advantage of extending the incision into the axilla, also called L-brachioplasty, is it offers a better contour of the arm and there is a slight lift of the upper back tissue as well. The L-brachioplasty candidate is most often one who has had massive weight loss and can be combined with other body contouring surgeries. Depending on the amount of excess fat along the arms, a patient may benefit from a staged procedure with the fist stage being a “debulking” liposuction with a second stage brachioplasty. The incision will require SPF greater than 30 sun protection when it’s healed to minimize the appearance of the scars.
Following your surgery you will be placed in a compression garment, usually an ACE wrap, and it is important to maintain all follow-up appointments. Every patient’s anatomy varies, and surgical outcome expectations should be set. Your surgical plan will be customized to meet your needs and will be established during your consultation appointment.
Here at Florida Plastic Surgery Group we look forward to speaking with you at your consultation to form a surgical plan that optimizes your desired results.
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