Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm Lift Bloomington, IL

Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is a surgical procedure done to reduce both excess skin that sags downward and localized fat pockets in the upper arm region. A Brachioplasty also tightens the underlying supportive tissue that defines the contour of the upper arm to give it a smoother appearance.
The upper arm may droop and sag due to aging, heredity, and/or extreme fluctuations in weight. When an individual has reached this phase, the upper arm may already be resistant to exercise. A person may be a good candidate for brachioplasty if the underside of the upper arms appears loose and is sagging due to excess fat and skin.

How A Brachioplasty Is Done

Before an arm lift procedure is done, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will administer medications to improve the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. During this time, the patient may be put under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

After sedation, the surgeon places an incision either on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the technique used. The incisions may start from the underarm and extend to the area just above the elbow. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with a brachioplasty if excess fat is present in the area.

After the incisions are made, the underlying supportive tissue of the arm is tightened and contoured with internal sutures. The skin is then smoothed over to form the arm’s new contour.

The incisions are closed by using either stitches or absorbable sutures. Although the patient may experience swelling and bruising around the area, a smoother and tighter contour is almost immediately apparent after surgery.

Recovery From Brachioplasty

During the recovery period, incisions may be covered with dressings and bandages. The arm may also be covered with a compression garment to reduce the occurrence of swelling.
The surgeon will also provide the patient with specific instructions to make recovery as quick as possible. Instructions focus on caring for the treated area and taking medications to aid the healing process.