Arm Lift

Brachioplasty

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. With age, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Plastic surgeons will discuss brachioplasty with patients who want to tighten this skin and look as good as they feel. In some cases your plastic surgeon may suggest that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.

How Arm Lift Surgery is Done

A brachioplasty will improve the appearance of the upper arm and will require a scar that can extend from the arm pit to the elbow. These scars usually heal well after a period of wearing a compression garment. Liposuction will require several very small incisions that can also be indistinguishable once healed. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions made by Dr. Pletsch may be limited. Underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following the procedure, although initial results may be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. Although the decision to have arm lift surgery is extremely personal, you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. However, carefully following Dr. Pletsch's post operative instructions greatly reduces the possibility of risk and complication following surgery.

Dr. Pletsch will address any concerns you may have during your personalized consultation. Brachioplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis at a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical suite using the latest equipment available. Since you will be placed under general anesthesia, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.