Brachioplasty, better known as an Arm Lift, is a surgical procedure that can take off excess skin and fat while improving the tone and proportion of your arms. Aging and weight fluctuations can leave a person with upper arms that are noticeably ‘loose’ and sagging, often leading to feelings of embarrassment and a tendency to hide the upper arms. This is a very common complaint of patients that have lost large amounts of weight. Many of these patients avoid wearing short sleeve shirts to avoid exposing their arms. Through arm lift surgery, many patients have been able to correct this problem and realize the benefits of a more sleek and toned appearance of their arms. If you are looking for a solution to your arm insecurities, an arm lift can give you the perfect confidence boost.
With tighter, skinnier arms, you will notice the freedom you have to accomplish the smallest tasks, like lifting your arm or waving at someone. Whatever activities you had in the past felt held back from, when you get arm lift surgery, you receive the confidence and the appearance you need to display and use your arms to their fullest potential.
Arm Lift Procedures
An arm lift reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow. When performing arm lift surgery, Dr. Frenzel makes an incision on the inner part of the arm that extends from the inner elbow and into the armpit and chest. In some cases, a more limited incision is appropriate. The size and shape of the incision is determined by Dr. Frenzel. The surgery begins with anesthesia, either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. After making the incision, Dr. Frenzel removes fatty tissue through liposuction, carefully trims away excess skin, and pulls the remaining skin tight before the arm is sutured together.
The main drawback of arm lift surgery is the scars that may result, which is an important aspect of the procedure for patients to understand. Placed on the inside of the arm, visibility of the incision is limited. Scars do fade and flatten out over time, but they are permanent. A patient who truly benefits from the surgery will usually accept the scars in order to attain more attractive arms overall. It is important to voice all of your concerns and desires for your incision during your consultation.
After Arm Lift Surgery
Recovery time is about two weeks, during which patients will (at least initially) need to keep their arms elevated and avoid repetitive activity. An elastic compression garment will be necessary as well. Oral pain medications are provided to alleviate postoperative discomfort. Some of the risks involved in arm lift surgery include scarring from the incision points, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, persistent pain, and the possibility of revisional surgery. Dr. Frenzel will discuss fully all of the risks and safety information in detail.
Dr. Frenzel and the staff at BodEvolve promise to be open with you. With a clear understanding of how the arm lift procedure works, you can make an educated decision about what is right for you. For more information on the risks, benefits, or cost of an arm lift, contact the office of Dr. Frenzel for a one on one personal consultation.