Accumulation of fat and loss of skin elasticity in the upper arm is a common problem. This part of the body is often not responsive to diet or exercise, especially in women, and can be the source of embarrassment to many patients. An armlift, also called a brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove the excess fat and skin that occur in the upper arm. Dr. Gill performs arm lift surgery in Naples to give you back a more youthful and toned appearance to your arms.
Is Arm Lift Surgery Right for Me?
An Arm Lift proves to be a good option for patients who are bothered by sagging skin of the upper arms. By removing excess skin and fat from this area, the arms are restored to a more youthful appearance. In patients with excessive fat in addition to skin laxity, arm lift surgery can be combined with liposuction in a single or staged approach depending on the severity of the problem. Although arm lift surgery requires a scar, Dr. Gills advanced surgical training and suturing techniques can minimize the scar, placing it in a position that is well hidden when the arms are at your sides.
Arm Lift Surgery with Dr. Gill
During your consultation, Dr. Gill will evaluate your anatomy, discuss your concerns and thoughtfully design a unique surgical plan that will safely and effectively meet your goals. Her recommendation will depend on the quality of your skin and the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed.
Arm lift surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation or general anesthesia. In most cases, Your Arm lift surgery begins with one incision that extends from the armpit to elbow along the inside of the arm. Dr. Gill removes the desired amount of skin and fat by carefully elevating it from the arm’s underlying muscles. The extent of your incisions will depend on the amount of skin laxity present. In patients with minimal laxity, incisions may be confined to the underarm area. Those who have excessive skin laxity, such as in massive weight loss, the incisions can be carried along the chest wall, improving both arm and chest contour. All incisions are carefully closed in order for the scars’ appearance to be minimized. Sterile dressings are applied, and compression garments are placed over your arms. This supports them as you heal, and aids in decreasing bruising and swelling.
Although Brachioplasty scars tend to be long, extending from the elbow to the underarm on your inner arm, many patients still feel that their arms look and feel better, and do not mind the scar, since it grants them shapelier arms.
Arm Lift Recovery
Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Gill will place sterile dressings over your incisions. Pain and discomfort are normal for the first day or two after surgery for which Dr. Gill will prescribe you an oral pain medication. Mild bruising and swelling are to be expected, and peak after two to three days, subsiding over the following two weeks. Most patients can return to work after about a week. Dr. Gill will allow you to return to light exercise at 2 weeks, but will ask that you refrain from arm exercised for 6 weeks. During the first recovery phase, it is very important to avoid any strenuous arm movement.
Mini Arm Lift
If you have hanging, excess skin that is somewhat close to your armpits, or if you have excess fat on your arms but good elasticity of the skin, you may be a good candidate for a minibrachioplasty or limited incision brachioplasty. In this procedure, Dr. Gill will use liposuction to remove fat with minimal invasion, and your skin will retract nicely after the procedure. She may make a small incision under your arm and remove the excess skin via that point. This less invasive procedure will allow you to have contoured, smooth arms, without having to feel self-conscious when you wear short-sleeved shirts.
How long does this surgery take?
This cosmetic procedure usually takes one or two hours to complete.
What can I expect during my recovery?
Swelling is quite typical during the first one to two weeks, in addition to some bruising. Most patients will not experience very much pain after the first two days. You will wear a compression garment to help you heal. Most patients can return to their work schedule after one week.
How long do brachioplasty results last?
This cosmetic procedure produces results that are long lasting. You will need to maintain healthy weight following surgery so that you will keep the new contours of your arms.