Brachioplasty takes care of saggy and loose skin in the underside of your upper arms, which can be caused by weight gain or loss, aging, and genetics. The excess skin has lost its elasticity and weakened the underlying tissues resulting in a droopy appearance.
A brachioplasty, also known as an upper arm lift, diminishes excess skin and fat in the underarm area and reshapes the arm for a smoother appearance. Your arm will look more toned boosting your self-esteem, especially when it comes to fashion.
In the end, brachioplasty diminishes saggy skin that droops down when you extend your arm and it tightens the supportive tissue to reshape your upper arm for a smoother appearance.
Anyone with good physical health with a stable weight, not overweight, is a good candidate.
Many fit individuals get brachioplasty to deal with weak muscles that not even exercise can correct.
Brachioplasty is a safe procedure with minimal risks. Like any other surgery, some risks can occur. These include bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, fluid accumulation, infection, poor healing, scarring and skin loss.
There are many great benefits to getting brachioplasty:
Before and After Brachioplasty:
During your initial consultation, you will be able to relate your goals and concerns to Dr. Bartholomew. You will learn about brachioplasty and what it can do for you, including giving you a smoother contour of your arm.
Dr. Bartholomew strives to offer the best brachioplasty Portland has to offer. He will go over what options are available to you and what to expect from the surgery. He will evaluate your health and explain the process of brachioplasty. Specific instructions will be given to you on how to prepare for your surgery, especially regarding food and medications.
Dr. Bartholomew makes an incision in the inside of your upper arm, which could extend from the underarm to the elbow. It depends on how much fat is removed. A liposuction technique will be used for the fat reduction.
For the next step of your brachioplasty, the tissues are tightened and the skin smoothed over to create a new contour of your arm. The incisions are then closed off with absorbable sutures or stitches. A scar will be visible on the inside of your upper arm. It is possible for uneven contours to grow in the arm and for the skin to relapse if the elasticity is too poor.
You will feel some pain, including numbness, for a few days after your surgery. Dr. Bartholomew can prescribe medication to deal with the discomfort.
You’ll need to keep your arms elevated as much as possible for a few days and move around to prevent blood clots.
After brachioplasty you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities, especially lifting or putting weight on your arm. Dr. Bartholomew may suggest limiting your range of motion during your healing process. Also, avoid the sunlight so the scars don’t become dark and the skin develops irregular pigmentation.
A dressing (or bandages) will be placed on your incisions while your arm may be wrapped in an elastic bandage. This minimizes the swelling and gives your arm some support during the healing process. Sometimes, small tubes may have to be placed under your skin on a temporary basis to drain excess fluid.
It takes up to two weeks for the incisions to heal and several weeks for the swelling to go down substantially. It can take over a year for the incision lines to fade.
Most of our Portland brachioplasty patients return to work after a few days and begin their normal light activities.
You will not believe the amazing improvement after brachioplasty and how the smoother, more toned appearance will enhance your body image. Most of the upgrade is permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.