Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, reshapes and lifts the underside of your arms. This procedure sculpts your arm, from elbow to armpit, into a more desirable smoother/smaller contour. Like many contouring procedures this surgery is designed to a be compliment the results achieved from healthy diet and exercise.
Who is a Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?
Healthy, non-smoking patients with a healthy stable weight who are concerned about their arm’s appearance.
Your Consultation Visit
This is your time to meet the staff and surgeon. We will review your past medical and surgical history. Please bring a list of the medications and supplements you are currently taking. This history coupled with a physical examination are collected in order to ensure you are a proper candidate for a safe procedure. Photographs and measurements will also be collected for reference during your surgery.
If you don’t have much excess skin under your arm, a simple liposuction procedure may be all you need. However, if you carry modest amount of excess arm skin and fat, it may be necessary to utilize both liposuction and a direct excision of tissue from the elbow to your armpit.
During this full hour of your appointment you will come to better understand your upcoming surgery, the inherent risks and likely benefits. We strive to have well informed, prepared and excited patients prior to any cosmetic procedure.
The Day of Surgery
We can typically perform your arm lift surgery in 2 hours. Your surgeon will also visit with your preoperatively to review surgical plan and perform surgical marking. This surgery will be done under a general anesthetic. During this time all the liposuction, resection and meticulous closure is performed. Postoperatively, you will be placed in a compression garment to support your tissues while they heal. We rarely use surgical drains following an arm lift surgery.
The contours of your arms will be remarkably improved immediately after your surgery. You can expect to have some swelling and discomfort afterwards. You will be asked to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery to help with swelling. Local anesthetic and oral pain medications are used to manage any postop discomfort.
You will be allowed to go home the same day as your surgery. Most patients return to work 7-10 days after this type of procedure. Details of your recovery and post-op care will be provided at the time of your discharge from the surgical hospital. We will plan to see you back in clinic after a week to ensure all is going as expected in your recovery. Several visits over the next few weeks will allow us to help guide you through your postop recovery, optimize you results, and get you back to normal activities sooner.
If you are interested in surgery, spend some time reviewing this information and videos on our website. We also have photo library of before and after results from some or our past clients.
Then give our clinic a call at (605) 334-1930 to schedule your initial consultation.