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Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
With time and with weight variations, the tissue of the arms tends to descend; flaccidity develops in the arms which cannot be corrected with exercise or further weight loss. Brachioplasty, or upper arm lift, is done to correct this problem by resecting the excess skin and fat underneath it. It is complemented by liposuction of the arm, shoulder and upper back to improve the contour of the area.
The length of the scar varies between patients; it always depends on the amount of skin to be resected; it can be a single scar located in the axilla or a scar that runs in the inner part of the arm from the axilla to the elbow.
Procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours; it is done using sedation and local anesthesia. Recovery time is 7 to 10 days.
Excess fat deposits on the arms can sometimes be addressed with liposuction. In cases of fat deposits and minimal skin flaccidity, a laser liposuction can be helpful. When skin doesn´t have the capacity to retract properly, but the excess skin is mild, a “mini” or modified brachiopalsty can be performed.
For patients who present with moderate to severe skin flaccidity, a complete brachioplasty should be carried out to obtain excellent results in arm contour.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.