Arm Lift OverviewAn arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct sagging upper arms. While diet and exercise can tone the underlying muscle, changes in weight, aging, and genetic factors can cause fat deposits and excess skin to develop. During the surgery, incisions are made on the inside of the arm. Dr. Vallecillos uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the area, and if necessary, will excise extra skin, re-draping the remaining skin to give the arm a new slimmer, firmer appearance.
- Preparation: To prepare for an arm lift, you should abstain from taking any medications that act as blood thinners (such as aspirin) during the two weeks before surgery. If you smoke, you will be advised to quit for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. The surgeon may also advise that you take certain supplements to minimize post-operative bruising and swelling. Medical clearance by an independent physician is necessary for patients over the age of 45.
- Anesthesia: Most patients receive general anesthesia before undergoing the surgery, although it is possible to use a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation.
- There are several techniques that may be used for an arm lift, depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s individual circumstances. The size and placement of the incisions will depend on which method is deemed necessary to achieve the best results. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss beforehand which option is best for you.
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Once the incisions are made, liposuction may first be utilized to remove any excess fat deposits. During this process, a canulla (a thin, hollow metal tube attached to a vacuum pump) will be inserted through the incisions to loosen and extract fat cells from the arm.Once the fat is removed, the underlying tissue is tightening and the skin is re-draped to create a smooth and firm appearance.