Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Excess arm fat and loose skin can occur for a variety of reasons. The natural aging process could be to blame, weight fluctuations are a common cause and even genetics could be at fault. While exercising will strengthen the underlying muscle, it cannot address the weakened tissues, loss of elasticity or localized fat deposits that are now present in the upper arm. Nonetheless, you do not need to wear long-sleeved shirts to hide your upper arms for the rest of your life, an arm lift (brachioplasty) at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, can eliminate the excess skin, tissue and fat; thus, allowing you to wear those short-sleeved shirts you had previously tucked away.
What Does an Arm Lift Entail?
An arm lift is a procedure that plastic surgeons use to eliminate skin on the upper arm that sags and droops downward. In addition, the surgeon tightens and smooths the underlying tissue, to define the shape of the patient’s upper arm. Localized pockets of fat within the upper arm can alsobe reduced during an arm lift near Miami.
Who Should Consider an Arm Lift?
Individuals who have lost a substantial amount of weight frequently experience excess skin, tissue and pockets of fat in the upper arms. Anyone who is unhappy with the way their upper arms look should consider having a brachioplasty at Strax Rejuvenation, near Miami. If your upper arms are drooping, our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons can reshape your arms so you can feel confident in the way they look again.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Brachioplasty Procedure?
The ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure is an adult with a significant amount of arm skin laxity who is a non-smoker and not considerably overweight. The patient should have been able to maintain a relatively stable weight for some time and he or she must be in good health. The patient should not have any medical conditions that could impair the healing process or increase the overall risk of having a surgical procedure.In addition, the patient should have a positive outlook in relation to the what a brachioplasty procedure can accomplish, yet have realistic expectations. Patients should understand that removing the excess skin, tissue and fat from the upper arm requires an incision that will result in a scar along the inside of that section of their arm.
What Can a Brachioplasty Accomplish?
During an arm lift procedure, the surgeon reduces the amount of excess fat and skin between the elbow and the underarm, which results in smoother skin. The surgeon also contours the patient’s arm to provide the patient with arms that look more tone and proportionate.
Could a Liposuction Procedure Provide Me with the Same Results as an Arm Lift?
Although a liposuction procedure can be used in conjunction with brachioplasty to improve the results, liposuction in and of itself cannot provide the same results that are achieved with an arm lift. With a liposuction procedure the surgeontargets the excess fat cells; therefore, the skin laxity would not be addressed. However, a liposuction procedure may be a suitable standalone option for an individual with excellent skin elasticity who just wants the surgeon to remove pockets of fat in his or her upper arms.
Could the Surgeon Perform Multiple Procedures During the Same Surgical Session?
Yes, as long as the patient is healthy enough, the surgeon can perform multiple procedures, simultaneously; however, the procedures must be complementary to one another with similar postoperative courses. Your Strax Rejuvenation surgeon can help determine which procedures will provide you with the results you desire.
Your Complimentary Consultation for an Arm Lift at Strax Rejuvenation, Near Miami
When you arrive for your initial consultation, please bring a list of your medications, vitamins and daily supplements with you. In addition, the surgeon will want to know about any previous surgeries and/or treatments you have had. If you have any chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, etc.), please inform the surgeon at this time.
After gathering your information, the surgeon will want to know what you would like to accomplish with an arm lift. Please feel free to be candid with the surgeon. Being open and honest helps the surgeon determine if an arm lift is the right procedure for you. The surgeon will want to examine the area underneath your arms, take measurements of your upper armsas well as snap some photos. Your surgeon places these photos in your medical file; therefore, they are considered confidential.
At this consultation, the surgeon will discuss the benefits and risks of the recommended procedure. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, at Strax Rejuvenation, we want potential patients to make informed decisions about their treatment options. Some patients find it beneficial to write a list of the questions they want to ask and then bring it with them to their appointments so they do not forget them.
If you decide to move forward with a brachioplasty, or some other procedure your surgeon recommends, Strax Rejuvenation may request your medical file from your treating physician.
Your Pre-Op Consultation at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
During this appointment, your surgeon will review your medical file. In addition, your surgeon will discuss specifics related to the operative plan for your arm lift. Since you will be receiving general anesthesia during the procedure, you will need to bring a driver with you on the day of your brachioplasty. For the safety of our patients, we do not permit the use of for-hire transportation companies or public transportation on days when a patient receives general or intravenous anesthesia. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them at this time.
You may fill out the paperwork for your arm lift at this appointment instead of on the day of your surgery. Your surgeon may or may not order medical tests. If your surgeon orders tests, you must complete themin a timely manner; otherwise, your surgeon will not have enough time to review your test results and your procedure may need to be cancelled.
Preparing for Your Brachioplasty Procedure
You may receive a list of instructions to follow in the days leading up to your arm lift procedure.
These instructions may include:
- For at least two weeks before your procedure, avoid taking aspirin and medications that contain aspirin. In addition, do not take ibuprofen, Coumadin, vitamin E, flaxseed and Echinacea. You also need to avoid green tea, garlic and Chia seeds. All these products can increase postoperative bleeding as they tend to thin the blood.
- To stop smoking and using products that contain nicotine for at least two weeks before and two days after your procedure. Nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels, limiting the amount of blood that can reach the areas that need to heal. By limiting the amount of blood reaching these areas, Nicotine limits the nutrients and the amount of oxygen they receive, which slows down the healing process. By slowing healing, the chance of infection or some other complication increases.
- To lose any excess weight before your procedure.
- Having your physical, EKG, bloodwork or any other medical tests completed right away so your surgeon has time to review the results before your arm lift.
- To discontinue eating and drinking eight hours before your surgery. If you take medication on a regular basis, ask your surgeon if you can still take it with just a sip of water.
- Washing with a special soap prior to surgery to reduce the number of germs on your body.
Ask someone you trust to drive you to and from the office on the day of your arm lift procedure. In addition, you will need someone to remain with you for at least the first day as you recover.
Fill any prescriptions you are going to need after your surgery ahead of time.
Avoid staying up all night before your surgery. You need to get proper rest so your body will be strong enough to begin the healing process.
Purchase ointments and compression garments that you will need after your arm lift.
Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to and after your surgery.
After your brachioplasty, to help you recover faster, you need to eat extra protein. Consider purchasing protein bars ahead of time.
On the day of your brachioplasty:
- Please arrive on time.
- Bring your compression garments and medications with you on the day of your surgery (unless otherwise directed by your surgeon).
- Make sure you have extra pillows in the car for the ride home.
An Arm Lift Procedure at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
An arm lift procedure at Strax Rejuvenation is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes only a couple of hours.
Brachioplasty Procedure Steps
1. A Guide is Created
Using a marker, yoursurgeon marks the areas of extra skin on your arms. These markings help guide your surgeon during the procedure.
To ensure you remain comfortable during your arm lift procedure, you will receive medications. Options include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation; however, this procedure is usually performed with general anesthesia. In addition, a local numbing medication is administered into the targeted area. This ensures that postoperative pain directly after your procedure is minimal. The medication your surgeon recommends for you will be discussed prior to your procedure.
The Incision is Created
The incision used depends on the location and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
For the majority of patients, the arm lift incisions are created on the underside of their upper arm. The excess fat and skin are removed. This technique offers patients a contoured, more youthful-looking arm with minimal scarring.
When warranted, due to a patient’s particular circumstances, an incision is created from the underarm to the elbow. In order to hide the resulting scar as much as possible, this incision is made on the inside surface of the patient’s arm. The result of this arm lift is a nicely-contoured arm with a more youthful appearance.
Liposuction May be Performed
Some patients also have excess fat removed via liposuction during their brachioplasty procedure.
5. Placing the Drains
Excess fluids and blood are drained away from the surgical site through small tubes: Draining this fluid helps keep inflammation down. Your drains will be removed several days after your surgery.
6. Incision Closure
Your surgeon will smooth the skin and close the incisions using stitches or absorbable sutures. If stitches are used, you will return to the office to have them removed in a week or two.
7. Wrapping with Bandages
Your arms will be wrapped with bandages. These bandages help reduce inflammation and preserve the contours of your upper arms while they heal.
Even though you will have inflammation and bruising, you will be able to see your arms’ tighter contours and smoother-looking skin right away. As time passes, your incisions will heal and the resulting scars will begin to fade.
Tip: Do not expose your incisions to UV rays from the sun or from tanning beds; otherwise, your resulting scars could become hyperpigmented – much darker than the rest of your skin – permanently.
You Will Be Taken to Recovery
Now that your surgery is complete, you will spend some time in the recovery area. You will stay there until you are awake enough to head home.
If you are staying overnight to be monitored for some reason, the medical staff will keep you and your driver informed and make the necessary arrangements.
Specific instructions will be given to you and your driver before heading home:
- Guidelines about your drains, caring for your wounds and the areas that were operated on.
- Your post-operative appointments.
- Medications that you should take to hasten the healing process and help reduce the likelihood of infection.
- Concerns related to your health and the areas that were operated on.
Tip: When heading home, ask your driver to slightly recline the passenger seat in the car. Carefully get in the vehicle and,since you are not supposed to lift your arms above your shoulders,ask the driver to help you fasten your seatbelt.Place a few pillows on your lap and rest your elbows on them. This will keep your hands elevated on the drive home.
Recovering from a Brachioplasty
It is common for patients to experience inflammation and bruising after their arm lift surgery.These symptoms usually last no more than a couple of weeks. You can use cold compresses, over-the-counter medication or prescribed pain medication to alleviate any discomfort you are experiencing as you recover.
After your arm lift near Miami, you will have a compression garment wrapped around each arm. Directly after your procedure, you need to wear these garments continuously to promote circulation, reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
During the first few days you are not permitted to lift your arms above shoulder level and you must avoid participating in strenuous physical activity. For at least the first week, you must avoid lifting items, sexual activity and exercising. If you work a desk job, you should be able to return to your job within 10 days; however, if you work a physically demanding job, you may need to wait 18 days before returning to your position. You will see your final brachioplasty results at some point within 3 to 6 months.
Typical symptoms patients experience after a brachioplasty include:
- Itching (as the skin is healing).
- Random bouts of pain.
- Lack of skin sensitivity.
Post-Op, Follow-Up Visit
Within a couple days of your arm lift, your drainage tubes and bandages will be removed. In addition, during this appointment, your surgeon might give you a compression sleeve to wear.
Three Weeks Post-Op
Three weeks after your surgery, if your incisions are healing well, you may be able to begin performing light exercises (e.g., ride a stationary bike, practice yoga, etc.). Stretching your elbows and armpits is also encouraged. Once you reach this point, ask your surgeon if you can start performing these light exercises as well as using silicone-based creams and massage to improve the appearance of your scars. Alleviating tension on the incisions through scar treatments early in the recovery process has been shown to result in less noticeable scarring.
Potential Side Effects
As with all surgical procedures, there are certain side effects that could indicate a problem.
Side effects to watch for include:
- Excessive pain or inflammation.
- Incisions that do not seem to be healing properly or completely.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Feeling pain in areas of the body that were not operated on.
If You Experience the Symptoms Listed Below, Contact Your Surgeon Immediately:
- Trouble breathing.
- An irregular heartbeat.
- Redness in the skin.
- A fever.
- Chest pain.
Risks Associated with a Brachioplasty Procedure
Deciding to have any surgical procedure is extremely personal. Weighing the pros and cons of an elective surgery is expected. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks that need to be considered.
- Problems with anesthesia.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Fat necrosis.
- Poor wound healing.
- Persistent pain.
- Unsightly scarring.
- Damage to blood vessels, nerves and muscles.
- The need for an arm lift revision surgery.
- Skin sensation changes or numbness.
- Problems with sutures not absorbing and coming to the surface, causing irritation.
Your Strax Rejuvenation surgeon will always discuss the risks with you and answer your questions.
Guaranteed Financing is Available at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
At Strax Rejuvenation, we want our patients to have the ability to attain the look they have always wanted. We realize that sometimes, to accomplish this, payment plans are necessary. For this reason, we have decided to offer guaranteed financing.
If you are considering arm lift surgery, we encourage you to contact Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, today at 954-933-5448. Our surgeons createa custom-tailored plan for each patient. These plans are designed to meet the patient’sspecific aesthetic needs. Our address is 4300 North University Dr., #A202, Lauderhill, Florida.
You can also request an appointmentby clicking here and, in the upper right-hand corner of the page you are redirected to, choose the ‘FREE CONSULT’ icon.
Arm Lift Specialist
Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic Surgeons located in Lauderhill, FL
Many people don’t stop to think about how their arms are affected by time, gravity, and weight gain or loss — until one day they suddenly notice loose, sagging skin. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your arms, don’t wait to contact Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill and Sunrise, Florida. The experienced plastic surgeons have performed many arm lifts, so you can count on excellent results and a tighter, firmer arm.
Arm Lift Q&A
Give your arm a toned, younger look with a Strax Rejuvenation arm lift!
Medical studies show that over time, the arm is impacted by gravity, losing its ability to adhere to underlying tissue in addition to losing its elasticity and thickness. Genetics also can contribute to sagging arms. An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, essentially lifts up loose skin, making it tighter and firmer.Patients typically can go home the day of the surgery, are back at work within one week, and are exercising again in about two weeks.
- Sagging Under Arms
- Massive Weight Loss
- Underarm Skin Rash or Irritation
An arm lift in Florida is a better choice than liposuction when your problem involves loose skin resulting from significant weight loss or skin that cannot be corrected by regular exercise. This procedure can involve small incisions, and it features minimal discomfort and downtime for the patient, thus resulting in a relatively quick recovery.
How does an arm lift procedure work?
During an arm lift in Florida, the doctor first marks the areas of extra skin, and then administers anesthesia. Incisions are made on the under-surface of the arm, and excess skin and fat is removed. A drain carries excess fluids from the surgical area before the area is bandaged. The incision that runs the length of the upper arm, if indicated in a patient’s particular case, is hidden as much as possible on the inner surface of the arm. The result of the procedure is minimal scarring and a more contoured, youthful looking arm.
What happens after the arm lift procedure?
The arm lift procedure requires only a couple of hours, with the recovery period varies. It leads to a presentable, natural-looking arm, and the appearance continues to improve over time. You will experience arms that complement your figure and wardrobe, and are no longer flabby.