Procedure Spotlight: Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
While the name may be a mouthful, the Brachioplasty procedure itself is safe, simple, and makes a huge difference in a person’s appearance. Read on to find out more about this increasingly popular procedure.
Many people who have achieved significant weight loss will have a “wing” of skin that hangs from the underarm. Excess skin can also occur in this area as a natural part of the aging process. No amount of diet and exercise will remove this extra skin – the only option to get rid of it is thru surgical removal. During a brachioplasty procedure, we remove excess skin and tissue from the underside of the upper arm.
How common is it?
More and more common every year, brachioplasty procedures rose by 4,378%(!) between 2000 and 2013. This may be due, in part, to people leading healthier lifestyles which, in turn, produces weight loss that results in excess underarm skin.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure is performed in our surgery center under general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours. The techniques used for anesthesia offer a smooth, gentle experience to lessen or prevent post-op nausea and pain.
What is the recovery like?
We recommend that you take 1 week off from work to allow your body to rest. We may use a compression sleeve for optimal healing and will send you home with pain medications, antibiotics and surgical vitamins.
When will healing be complete?
It takes 6 months for the wounds to completely heal.