Arm Lift Surgery (Brachyoplasty) is one of those operations that you would never think about unless you needed it. Excessive fat and skin on the back of the upper arm is not an unusual problem. Most often it is related to weight loss but can also be a problem that you just develop with time. The surgery is directed at creating a more normal contour of the upper arm to better match what is above and below that area. Although every effort is made to disguise and limit the length of the scar, it is on the back of the arm and patients must be realistic about the nature and location of the scar. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Who is a Candidate?
- Patients with loose and excessive tissue behind the upper arm.
- Patients who have lost large amounts of weight and are left with droopy skin behind their arms.
- A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
- A more appropriate contour or the upper arm.
- The procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
- Typically done under a general anesthetic.
- Careful excision of excessive skin and fat from the back of the arm with a carefully designed and individualized approach.
Recuperation and Healing
- The patient goes home with a compression garment (or tape) covering the treated areas. Compression helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final result more quickly.
- Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
- Bruising and swelling is usually minimal. The final result takes shape over 2-3 months, but the overall effect is seen very early.
- This is general information to prepare patients for surgery and not a reference for our post-operative patients.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.