Arm Lift (brachioplasty)

What is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure where excess skin and fat are removed from the upper arm to attain a more enhanced aesthetic and a leaner look. This surgery can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction.

What are the potential benefits of an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

Lean, sculpted arms have become an increasingly coveted physical attribute over the past few years, as the media has focused their attention on the chiseled arms of many celebrities. Both men and women began to see the aesthetically desirable enhancements that sculpted arms could have on the appearance of their overall physiques. Therefore, they set off to the gym in an effort to reshape their arms. However, although exercise can help to build and tone the muscles of the arms, in some cases, it cannot effectively correct the issue of arm skin that has lost its elasticity (due to age, weight loss or genetics). Exercise alone can also have some limitations and is not always be able to eliminate the problem of excess fat deposits in the arm area. Both excess skin and fat can cause the condition of ptosis (sagging, drooping skin) in the upper arm region.

Fortunately, the brachioplasty (upper arm lift) procedure was designed to treat and correct the problematic aesthetic issue of excess upper arm skin and fat deposits.

  • It can be an excellent option for patients seeking to restore a youthful, lean, firm and sculpted appearance to their arms.
  • Brachioplasty is also a helpful procedure for patients who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with large amounts of excess skin in the upper arm region.
  • Arm lift surgery can efficiently remove excess hanging skin and enhance the contours of the arms, thereby enabling patients to truly appreciate the fruits of their weight loss efforts.
  • In order to help minimize risks and to increase the chances of obtaining the desired optimal arm lift results, this surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What are the surgical options of an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

The amount of skin excision required during an arm lift surgery varies from patient to patient. Dr. Sinno will individualize the aesthetic enhancement and tailor it specifically for each patient.

Full Upper Arm Lift: involves an incision running from the armpit along the underside of the arm to the elbow. The full lift is appropriate for patients with moderate to severe skin elasticity problems caused by the natural aging process, or for patients who wish to remove excess skin after drastic weight loss.

Mini Arm Lift: entails a similar incision to the full arm lift, but on a reduced scale, and is most often used for patients who present an average amount of excess skin as a result of age, or having lost a moderate amount of weight.

Arm Lift and Liposuction: Arm lift surgery can also be combined with liposuction. This combination procedure can help patients avoid long incisions by removing excess fat in the arm with liposuction and minimizing the final scar by the excision of the leftover hanging skin.

After evaluating and classifying your degree of arm ptosis (sagging skin), Dr. Sinno will review your arm lift options, and help you to select the appropriate brachioplasty technique so that you can achieve your surgical goals.

What is the post-operative advice and care after an Arm Lift?

Day Surgery
Arm lift surgery generally takes one to four hours, after which you may be released (depending on your medical condition and health state) to a friend or family member and may return home to continue your recovery.

Bandages
You will be prescribed special compressive garments that can be purchased pre-operatively and are usually made to measure. Otherwise, Dr. Sinno and his team will apply compressive bandages starting from the hand to the shoulder area. The initial bandages should be kept dry and clean for the first week. You will then see Dr. Sinno and his team, generally one week after surgery, where they will remove the bandages and evaluate your post-operative state.

Showers & Washing
The bandages are usually removed within a week after surgery. Dr. Sinno recommends that all bandages should remain dry and clean. Showers should be avoided, until authorized by Dr. Sinno. This is usually after all bandages are removed at the first postoperative visit. Until then, sponge baths are recommended.

We recommend using white unscented shampoo and soap, along with running water on the incisions after the bandages are removed and only when given medical authorization to do so.

Exercise
You will be advised to refrain from moving your arms above your shoulders immediately following your arm lift procedure. This is usually advised for a two-week period.

Dr. Sinno recommends that patients refrain from all activities that may increase their heart rate or blood pressure, including exercise, sexual activity, stressful situations, etc., for at least the first week after your surgery.

However, it is recommended that patients walk and perform their usual activities within the limitation of the medical advice given and in tolerance to their comfort. No lifting of more than 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) is recommended for at least two weeks after surgery.

Arm elevation above the heart is advised when sitting down to help decrease swelling.

Driving
It is recommended that patients do not drive when taking narcotic pain medications and when wearing bulky dressings that may hinder their normal reflexes and reactivity.

General Healing
You may experience some swelling and bruising that will peak two to three days after your arm lift, and usually subsides within 14 days. Post-operative swelling, pain, bruising and duration may differ, depending on the patient and the extent of the lift.

You can expect to be able to see visible aesthetic improvements in your arm region immediately following your brachioplasty. These results should continue to progress over the following weeks, as the incision site heals and the swelling decreases. Swelling can take six weeks to subside. Dr. Sinno advises his patients that the final results should be expected approximately one year following the procedure, at which point all scars and incisions should be mature.

What are the risks and potential complications of an Arm lift procedure?

All medical and surgical procedures have inherent risks and potential complications that are associated with them. It is imperative that you understand the potential risks, complications and consequences that can arise after the medical or surgical procedure you undertake. This understanding will better allow you to be able to provide informed consent, based on the comparison to the potential benefit of the desired procedure.

Although the materialization of inherent risks is rare and developing complications is unlikely, these are real events that can occur. Dr. Sinno will help you to understand the risk/benefit profile of your desired procedure.

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Before and After Gallery

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Disclaimer: before and after photos are only intended for informative purposes, do not constitute a guarantee for results and satisfaction, and are simply a representation of the result of the procedure. Written consents of patients have been obtained prior to the publishing of any such photos. Generally, the pre-operative photos are shown to the left and the post-operative photos are shown to the right.

Contact Dr. Sinno

Dr. Sinno and his well-trained Eternelle team have worked hard to create a welcoming and comforting environment. They will take the time to thoroughly explain your arm lift procedure details and options. Your procedure will be uniquely customized to reflect your personal aesthetic goals. We look forward to providing you with a safe and comfortable experience, as well as delivering you the treatment that you deserve.

Do you have more questions? We are happy to answer them. Please contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.

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