Also known as an Arm Lift, a brachioplasty procedure is used to correct drooping fleshy upper arms, a condition rather common in women above 40.
With a standard brachioplasty, the surgeon makes one or more incisions from the elbow region to the armpits. If excess tissue is located only at the top of the upper arm, patients can achieve a good result with a much smaller incision in the armpit area. Main surgical task is to remove excess skin and fat from the arm. After sufficient tissue is taken off, the surgeon closes the arm. A drain is then placed under the incision as necessary. The procedure is performed under full anesthesia.
Surgeons will often use dissolvable sutures to close so the patient does not need to see a local physician after returning home. In all cases, the patient is fitted with a sterilized cloth bandage, later under compression garment as the best way to encourage rapid healing as well as minimize swelling and bruises. First phase recovery period is around 10-14 days and with fade-out of scar extending to about 6 months.
The occurrence of complications after brachioplasty is usually rare. However, as possible with most plastic surgery, there is a possibility of bleeding, anaesthesia risk, delayed wound healing, fat necrosis, or numbness.
For patients concerned about scarring, microsurgical suturing can minimize scar width. While potentially quite long, the location of scar is along the inside of the arm and is normally concealed, with most clothing.