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An arm lift can be performed to tuck and tighten unattractive upper arms. This procedure helps people who have sagging skin that hangs from the upper arms. It also reduces the size and thickness of the upper arm so clothes fit more comfortably. A new arm contour improves your appearance and allows you to hold your arms up with confidence.
Am I a good candidate for a brachioplasty?
The ideal patient to have an arm lift is a person who has excessive, loose skin on the upper arms that hangs unattractively and is resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure can also reduce the size of the arms by reducing fat volume in addition to the abundance of skin. A consultation with Dr. Frazier at the Vero Cosmetic in Vero Beach, Florida can best determine the appropriateness of the procedure for you.
What if my arms are thick but I don't have loose, sagging skin?
Liposuction works wonderfully for removing fat from the upper arms. As long as the skin is not excessive and has reasonable elasticity, your arms will tolerate fat removal without skin excision.
How is a brachioplasty performed?
First, power-assisted liposuction is performed to reduce the fat content of the upper arm and take tension away from the tuck by lessening the weight of the arms. This is followed by a direct excision of excess skin and underlying fat. Finally, the tissues are sewn together so that the arm is tucked and tightened.
What is the drawback of an arm lift?
In most situations, an arm tuck requires an incision along the inside of the upper arm extending from the arm pit down towards the elbow. Every effort is made to keep the incision a short as possible and not extend it all the way to the elbow. Nonetheless, this leaves a scar on the inside of the upper arm which may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt. Some patients with a significant excess of upper arm skin find this trade-off quite acceptable.
After a brachioplasty, an elastic compression garment is worn for 2 weeks at all times, followed by another 2 weeks while active. Generally, discontinuation of pain medication is possible after 2-3 days and return to non-strenuous work at one week. Unrestricted arm use may begin at 6 weeks.
Where is the surgery performed and what kind of anesthesia is used?
Procedures are typically performed at our office based surgery suite located at 1255 37th Street, Ste. D, Vero Beach, FL 32960. It is accredited through the State of Florida Department of Health/Board of Medicine. A variety of anesthetics are selected in accordance with the patients needs and the type of procedure performed. The most common types of anesthesia are IV sedation, oral anesthesia and local anesthetics. Dr. Frazier will discuss what is most appropriate for your procedure upon your consultation.
Vero Cosmetic is conveniently located in Vero Beach, FL at 1255 37th Street in suite D, on the west side of Indian River Medical Center. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what an arm lift can do for you. Simply call 772.562.2400 or request your consultation online.