With changes in weight, the body will respond in different ways. Sometimes, despite diligent diet and exercise, excess skin and fatty tissue deposits can linger. One area where this is common is the underside of the upper arm. A solution to this issue can be what is commonly known as an arm lift. Also known as brachioplasty, this is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper arms. The results can be a dramatic improvement in appearance and an arm silhouette that is tight and stunning.
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The type of arm lift used will depend on the amount of excess skin you have. Brachioplasty works by surgically removing hanging or extra skin. It can also be combined with liposuction if fatty deposits are preventing your desired arm shape. The type and extent of the procedure are determined by the amount of skin to be removed.
At TA&PS, Dr. Brown tailors a specific treatment to every patient to deliver sculpted arms that show off your body and the effort you have put into it.
MINI ARM LIFT
For patients with minimal excess skin in the upper part of the arm, Dr. Brown uses a short-scar arm lift to remove this. The short scar keeps the incision well hidden in the upper/inside portion of the arm.
UPPER ARM LIFT
For patients with more considerable amounts of excess skin, a slightly longer incision must be placed along the back or inside of the arm. For patients who have experienced significant weight loss, the incision may be extended from the arm onto the chest wall.
Though the procedure is more extensive, the results are a sleek arm contour and a pretty silhouette.
Depending on the skin and tissue quality of the patient, liposuction may be performed alone or in addition to skin excision. Combining the two can allow you to achieve the best possible contour during your arm lift procedure in the Tampa Bay area.
ARM LIFT RECOVERY PROCESS
Recovery begins from the moment the surgery is complete and generally lasts a total of 2-3 weeks. It is a multi-step process that doesn’t interfere too much with your personal life, but it will take care and attention.
RECOVERY: BEFORE GOING HOME
Typically performed under general anesthesia, patients will go home the same day. Some patients might require an overnight stay if an arm lift is combined with other body contouring procedures. A drain may be placed on a case-by-case basis to deal with any bleeding or seeping.
RECOVERY: AFTER GOING HOME
To facilitate healing, you will typically wear compression garments for about three weeks. Dr. Brown employs scar therapy to assist with the final appearance of the incisional scars, to truly refine the final result.
Scar therapy is an essential part of a successful procedure that produces results that leave you smiling. With any surgical procedure, concerns about scarring will arise. So it is crucial to follow Dr. Brown’s instructions and be diligent on your end as well.
RECOVERY: POST-OPERATIVE ACTIVITY
Some swelling and redness are completely natural and part of the healing process. However, excessive activity can delay the healing process.
Two important things to keep in mind for the recovery process are to keep your arms raised and to engage only in light exercise.
Allow 2-3 weeks for your recovery before returning to work or your regular physical activity. The exact amount of time may vary depending on your specific procedure.
WHEN CAN I SEE ARM LIFT RESULTS?
The results of an arm lift depending on two factors. First, the quality and ability of your surgeon and their team.
The second factor is in facilitating recovery. Dr. Brown will give you clear instructions and tips to follow during your recovery period.
With a trusted surgeon and a proper recovery period, the results are arms that will get you to the body you’ve always wanted. You’ve put in the work and the effort, now let Dr. Brown take you to the next level.
WILL THERE BE SCARRING?
Especially with a mini arm lift, there will be minimal scarring. That incision is made so as to hide in the arms natural contours.
With larger incisions, the scarring may be more noticeable. But again, Dr. Brown uses his expertise to reduce its visibility.
Another factor is proper recovery. After the operation, taking the right precautions are an easy way to facilitate a healthy and good-looking result.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT?
Dr. Brown works with each patient to determine if an arm lift is the right procedure for them. While there is no single determining factor, the following might make it likely that a brachioplasty will be for you.
- Excess Skin Due to:
- Weight Loss
- Natural Aging
Also, it is vital to approach the procedure with clear expectations and knowledge. Dr. Brown works with each patient, looking at their unique situation before determining if a brachioplasty is the right choice.
TAMPA, LUTZ, LAND O’LAKES
If you have been considering an arm lift, Dr. Brown and his team at Tampa Plastic Surgery are ready to open a conversation.
If you match the criteria above, there is a good chance that arm lift could be right for you. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today.