A brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a procedure that involves the surgical removal of the extra sagging skin from a patient’s upper arms. People who have extra hanging skin from their arms often opt for this procedure at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles to firm up that particular area.
In the upper arm, under the epidermal skin layer, there is supportive tissue. Sometimes, this supportive tissue sags and makes the shape of the arm look distorted. After dramatic weight loss, there is often extra skin remaining, and this can sag from the upper arms.
Who Should Opt for Brachioplasty?
People who do not have any major health concerns like diabetes are good candidates for brachioplasty. People with regular smoking habits should avoid this surgery or stop smoking beforehand. Realistic expectations are important when it comes to the results of this procedure.
Before the Brachioplasty Procedure
Preparation for brachioplasty at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles includes a complete medical test to gauge the patient’s overall health. Samples are sent to the lab for testing, and medications are prescribed to the patient to prepare for the surgery.
Certain medicines that could cause complications during the surgery, such as NSAIDs, should be avoided before the arm lift. It is advisable to arrange for a ride home for after the procedure, as driving oneself home will not be an option. A family member or friend’s presence is encouraged throughout the whole process for support.
The surgery at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles begins with administering general anesthesia, and after this, incisions are made. The length of the incisions depends on the amount of excess tissue to be removed. The incisions are usually made on the back of the arm or inside the arm, which is decided by the plastic surgeon during your consultation. Sometimes liposuction is done to take out the excess fat from the arm.
In the final step, the skin is smoothed out and redraped over the contours of the arm. The incisions are closed with sutures that are removed two weeks after the surgery by the surgeon. The results can be seen as soon as the surgery is complete.
The day of the brachioplasty procedure at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles, the patient will be allowed to return home to rest and recover. They will need to take some time off of work and should avoid any strenuous activities for a period of several weeks.
A degree of bruising and swelling will be evident in the treated areas. These issues will only be temporary, and the plastic surgeon can recommend methods of addressing them. As part of the arm lift healing process, it will be important to wear a post-surgical elastic garment. These help to control swelling and allow the tissues to heal more easily during the recovery process.
Find Out More About Brachioplasty Surgery
To get started with your brachioplasty procedure, contact The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles for a one-on-one consultation. At this consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you may have and will be able to see before-and-after photos.