Elasticity of the skin is extremely important in shaping the body, providing those youthful, defined contours we prize in youth.
Aging and weight loss leads to weakened tissues and sagging skin which no amount of exercise can improve. In this case, one prominent region of the body which requires rejuvenation is the arm area. Exercise and weight lifting may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address weakened tissues, localized fat deposits, and excess skin that has lost elasticity. While the body can be masked with layers of clothing, the arms openly remain a tell-tale sign of the prior body shape ultimately causing embarrassment and lowering self-esteem. The procedure generally involves making an incision from the elbow to the underside of each arm in order to remove the excess skin and fat. As the arm is rejuvenated to a normal contour, the results can be quite dramatic and in many patients is well worth the scar. Brachioplasty surgery is a diverse and innovative procedure and will depend on many different factors, including:
- Your goals and expectations
- Your arm skin elasticity
- Amount of fatty tissue in the arm
- Location of loose skin
- Amount of weight loss
- Age, lifestyle, and overall health
For more minor versions of the arm lift, a smaller incision can be created and supplemented with liposuction for contouring. However this procedure is more appropriate younger patients with good skin elasticity and moderate amounts of fatty tissue. The benefits include a smaller incision, smaller scar, and shorter recovery time.
Following surgery, the arms are wrapped in a compression sleeve to reduce swelling. During the first 10-14 days, the swelling will reduce as a sign of the initial healing. Postoperatively, patients should avoid lifting arms overhead or straining to lift heavy objects. Swelling and bruising will gradually fade in 3 to 4 weeks. Scars will be placed on the inner or outer surface of the arm , depending on Dr. Aly’s preference, and should fade between 6-24 months following surgery, depending on the patient’s skin.
The smoother, tighter contours resulting from the brachioplasty procedure are apparent almost immediately following the surgery, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by postoperative swelling and bruising. Your newly toned and defined upper arms are dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
Pre-operatively, the grid diagram (center) is drawn onto the arm. The grid demarcates the excess skin and fat that will be removed during the procedure. Afterward, only a faint incision line will remain on the underside of the arm.