Upper Arm Lift Surgery – Brachioplasty

Upper arm lift surgery is also called Brachioplasty. An upper arm lift surgery involves removing excess skin and fat to regain a more toned appearance. It is geared toward patients with history of obesity who have lost a significant amount of weight, but also applies to patients who have lost skin elasticity to due to age, heredity or other factors.

Most upper arm lift surgeries are conducted by incision and removal of tissue. Incisions can vary in size based on the condition of the skin, and some cases may only need liposuction. The best approach will be determined  by your body shape, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.

Am I a good candidate for an upper arm lift?

One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for an upper arm lift;

  • You are in good physical condition
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your upper arms
  • Your condition cannot be corrected by diet and exercise alone
  • Your have loose or sagging skin on your upper arms due to age, weight loss, pregnancy or hereditary factors

Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine how your desires can best be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.

Considerations with upper arm lift – brachioplasty:

Age: An upper arm lift can be performed at any age, but you must be able to withstand the stress of surgery
Weight: It is important that you complete your weight loss prior to surgery, otherwise the problems may reappear. Afterward, it will be essential to maintain your weight, gaining significant weight is extremely damaging to your sensitive skin, causing stretch marks and worsening scars.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes and can affect the long-term results of your surgery.

Surgery and Recovery

An upper arm lift is usually an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and may include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications and instructions for recovery.

You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two to three weeks. Dressings will be removed within several days and you may be required to wear a supportive garment to minimize swelling and aid in healing. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome. Depending on the level of surgery and quality of the skin, it may take many months to a year to see final results.