Arm Lift

Arm lift (Brachioplasty)

Liposuction may be a poor option for patients with a significant amount of excess skin on their arms. In these patients, liposuction can exacerbate descent and droop of arm tissues. Individuals who have this problem typically avoid dresses and short-sleeved shirts because they feel very self-conscious about this. This problem is very common in patients following a massive weight loss. In these patients, an arm lift may be the preferred contouring procedure.

Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is a well-suited procedure for an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. During this cosmetic surgery procedure, the excess skin is removed using an incision along the inside of the arm that may be combined with an incision in the armpit.

Recovery following an arm lift varies with each patient. However, most patients are able to resume most normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery. Elastic garments and massage are used to help control swelling after the surgery. Arm lift scars will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.

Although arm lift surgery is frequently performed each year, the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with this procedure are essential to understand. Some of the postoperative complications that may occur include hematoma, fluid collection, poor wound healing, asymmetry, blood clots, and skin loss. Other problems associated with arm lift surgery include possibility of revisional surgery, necrosis, and poor wound healing. Smoking is prohibited four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery. This will help to prevent complications from arising. Some of the risks associated with this procedure can be minimized by following Dr. McKane's advice on care during the healing period.

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Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999

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