Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess hanging skin and fat from the elbow to the axilla. This body-contouring surgery tightens and firms the upper arms to significantly improve the patient’s ability to fit into clothing. Both men and women complain of “bat wings” from this excess skin that remains after significant weight loss from diet, exercise, or even gastric bypass/sleeve procedures. Sometimes this can occur just from the natural aging process which reduces the elasticity of the skin. Dr. Ravi strives to provide natural and smooth results to attain more toned looks of your upper arms in Houston and Sugar Land. Brachioplasty can be done alongside other procedures such as a Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift or Mommy Makeover.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Ravi will take a thorough medical history and perform a focused physical exam. He will have an extensive discussion with you regarding your individual goals and targeted options. He prides himself on personally educating patients on various cosmetic surgery options to allow for a more informed decision-making process. Ideal candidates for an arm lift are non-smokers who have a steady body weight.
All patients will be seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointments. At that time, surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and an informational packet is provided which includes detailed instructions of do's and don'ts prior to and after surgery.
Brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a credentialed hospital with a board certified anesthesiologist. The duration of the surgery depends on the amount of fat and skin to be removed, but it generally takes about one to two hours. During the surgery, Dr. Ravi makes an incision on the upper arm--either on the side of the elbow or the side closest to the body. He performs liposuction, if needed, to remove unwanted pockets of fat. He recontours and tightens up the area once excess skin and fat are removed. Dressings are applied over the incisions and carefully wrapped with a supportive bandage. There is no need for drains after the procedure.
Patients go home the same day as surgery with a responsible adult who will stay for 24 hours. Most patients recover quickly after surgery, but every patient heals differently. Patients spend one to two days resting after an arm lift procedure and typically return to normal activities in one week. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks. It may take a few months for the swelling to subside. The scars will fade over time.
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