Arm lift surgery is designed to target excess skin and fat that may be deposited in the upper arm. This procedure is often helpful even in the healthiest of individuals as this particular location is a notoriously difficult area to shape with diet and exercise.
The arm lift procedure, which is also known as a brachioplasty, can reshape the appearance of the upper arm by removing sagging skin and tissue that may be the result of genetics or rapid weight loss. This reshaping can contribute to healthier skin and more natural body contours, giving you an overall appearance that is proportionate and youthful.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are physically healthy adults who have a stable weight but have been unable to adequately tone their arms with exercise due to inelastic skin or stubborn fat deposits.
Arm lifts may be useful in achieving a wide range of adjustments. These adjustments may include:
Smoking may negatively contribute to the healing process as may certain medications. Candidates for this procedure should not be significantly overweight. The procedure is designed to target specific areas only. Weight gain following the procedure may negate its positive effects.
A general anesthetic or intravenous sedative is administered prior to the procedure. The length and shape of the incision will depend on the particular severity and the positioning of the excess skin and fat deposits.
Generally, an incision will be made from the armpit to the elbow along the back of the arm or the inner arm. For a minimal incision, a half circle may be made underneath the armpit. This is designed for much less extensive procedures that involve the removal of less skin. Fat deposits may be removed with liposuction. Support tissue is rearranged and supported with internal sutures. Excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures or stitches.
After the procedure, a tube may be set up to drain any naturally occurring fluids within the wounds. Bandages and dressings will be applied, and a compression garment or bandage may be used to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
Wounds should heal within a week. The results of the surgery will be immediately apparent, though swelling may make it difficult to appreciate the full effect for a few weeks. Providing that a stable weight is maintained, the results of the arm lift should be fairly permanent, though revisions can be made if necessary. Possible complications of this procedure include poor wound healing, infection, and asymmetric results.
For more information about arm lifts, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman or Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.