A brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a surgical procedure that contours the lower part of the upper arm. A brachioplasty procedure can be perfect for someone who has experienced weight loss and now has sagging skin under the arm. It can also work for those who have flabby or loose skin that can come naturally and with aging. The arm lift can sometimes be carried out in combination with liposuction to achieve the desired results.
Whatever the reason for choosing an arm lift, the result will be a better-shaped upper arm, smoother skin and overall more contoured and toned upper body appearance. Sagging skin can make people feel uncomfortable about wearing short-sleeved clothes, and this procedure can help with this and improve self-confidence.
At the Geoplasty Center, Dr. Georgopoulos is highly experienced in the body contouring field, including brachioplasty procedures. Everyoneʼs needs will be different depending on their physique and requirements. Through close consultation, he will assess your needs and expectations, outlining the process that will deliver a great outcome for you.
A brachioplasty can be carried out as an outpatient procedure, and the surgery usually takes no more than two hours. The extent of the procedure will depend heavily on the specific conditions of the patient.
In cases where there is a small amount of sagging, the procedure may only involve an incision to the arm pit, which will allow Dr. Georgopoulos to make the necessary adjustments to the underlying tissue and remove excess skin. If there are fat deposits as well as excess skin, these may be removed with liposuction.
For cases where there is more extensive sagging, the procedure may involve an incision that stretches from the elbow to the arm pit. This will produce a more noticeable scar but this might be necessary to allow a fully complete and worthwhile outcome.
At the end of the procedure, the skin will be folded back into place to ensure a shaped and toned look with smoother and tighter skin.
The incisions are general closed with absorbable stitches or ones that will have to be removed a week or so after surgery.
After the Brachionoplasty
The improved contour and tone of your upper arm will be noticeable almost immediately after surgery. There will initially be swelling and some bruising, but this will reduce in the days afterwards. The scarring will also depend on the extent of the surgery, and Dr. Georgopoulos will use his expertise to ensure it is kept to a minimum.
You may also experience some pain after the procedure, but Dr. Georgopoulos will prescribe pain medication to deal with this if necessary.
Staff at the Geoplasty Center will advise you to keep your arms elevated as much as possible in the weeks after the surgery. You might also be asked to wear a compression garment that will reduce swelling and help with the healing process. You should also avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for a few weeks.
The staff at the Geoplasty Center will provide you with a detailed aftercare program to follow, and you should follow this closely.
As with all procedures, there is a slight risk of negative side effects such as infection after surgery, and you should closely follow the staffʼs advice on how to avoid this. There will be swelling and bruising initially, and you should expect scarring at the incision areas. The extent of this will depend on the surgery itself.
Brachionoplasty at the Geoplasty Center
Dr. Georgopoulos has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of body contouring and is an acknowledged expert in the area of brachioplasy. The Geoplasty Center is a state-of-the-art facility that combines the most modern techniques with excellent staff and an environment designed to make you as comfortable as possible.
If you think an arm lift is the right procedure for you, call today to make an appointment for a consultation.