What is brachioplasty?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin and/or fatty tissue, redefining the tissues and restoring the shape of the arm.

Factors such as weight changes, aging and genetic predisposition can cause the upper arms to have a flabby, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise or diet, since the tissues have a finite elasticity and often the excess skin cannot readapt to smaller volumes.

Brachioplasty procedure

Anesthesia. It is usually performed under general anesthesia.

Liposuction. The procedure is usually started with liposuction to decrease the volume of fatty tissue over the entire surface of the arm.

Skin resection. The length of the incision in brachioplasty surgery depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Incisions are usually placed on the inside of the arm, in areas that are “invisible” whether the patient is facing forward or backward. They can extend from the armpit to just above the elbow, as needed.

Recovery. The stitches are removed in 2-3 weeks, and it is necessary to use pressotherapy garments (in this case sleeves) for 3 weeks.

Results. The decrease in volume of both arms is evident immediately after the procedure, although edema or swelling will be present for 2-3 weeks. The final result may take several months to consolidate. The results of brachioplasty will be long lasting, as long as you maintain a stable weight and good physical shape.

Risks and contraindications

Risks of brachioplasty surgery include:

– Bleeding.

– Infection.

– Poor wound healing.

– Fluid accumulation (seroma).

– Numbness or other changes in skin sensation.

These complications are relatively rare and, if they occur, they have defined treatments.

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As contraindications to highlight:

– Smokers.

– Obesity.

– Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.

– Previous pathologies that interfere with healing.

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