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Arm-lift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

By June 20, 2011 No Comments

Candidates for Arm-Lift Surgery
A brachioplasty (or upper arm lift)  is an appropriate option for healthy patients with loose, excess skin in the arm area.  Among body contouring procedures, brachioplasty is not as popular as arm liposuction because the scars are often more visible. Yet, in the right type of patient,  the trade of scar for improvement in contour is life-changing. .

How It’s Done
Brachioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Depending on your goals and what you have to work with, the incision may be placed in various areas such as the back of the upper arm, or inside the arm between the biceps and triceps muscles. In those with a larger amounts of excess skin, an additional incision in the armpit may also be recommended. After the initial incision, liposuction is performed to reduce the volume of the arm tissue and the excess skin is excised according to the artistic markings placed by  preoperatively. Temporary closure is completed and further liposuction performed to fine tune the shape of the arm prior to placement of a drain tube (if necessary) and final closure. Dressings consist of skin glue and/or tapes and a compressive garment is placed to minimize swelling and assist in healing and the achievement of the desired shape.
The support garment is to be worn at all times for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery to help  swelling and help shape the arms.