The skin of the upper part of the arm can become lax and lacking firmness, as we age and gain weight. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes the excess skin and fat deposits from this level. Sometimes the procedure can be combined with liposuction for optimum results.
Are you a good candidate for brachioplasty?
If, due to aging, weight gain or genetic predisposition, the upper arm has excessive flaccid skin, non-responsive to diet or exercise, you are likely to be an ideal candidate for a superior lifting of the arm.
Dr. Sinescu and our medical staff are dedicated to helping get the body you want in a safe and proper way. Therefore, during your first appointment with our staff, before planning your surgery, your arms will be evaluated and we shall discuss your goals and expectations. We’ll review the various options suitable for you. You will be given a detailed explanation of the procedure, steps to be followed before and after surgery, potential risks and complications, costs and payment methods. We will answer all your questions. We’ll ask for your medical history, information on cigarette and alcohol consumption, and a list of all the medicines you use, including the over the counter ones.
Surgery will take place in one of the top clinics where our doctors work. The procedure is usually performed with general anesthesia and lasts between 1 and 5 hours depending on the extent of the excision.
At first, the doctor makes an incision that starts near the elbow, prolonged along the posterior region of the arm to the axilla. Although the incision can be long, it is camouflaged as much as possible on the posterolateral side of the arm. Accurate placement of the incision will be discussed with you prior to surgery. The next step is to remove excess fat and cut lax skin. The incision is then sutured in anatomical planes and gauze dressings and an elastic cuff applied to promote healing. The dressings and external contentions will be kept permanently for several days postoperatively.
Recovery after brachioplasty
Shower or bath – 2-3 days after surgery
Back to work – 1-3 weeks after surgery
Driving – as soon as you feel comfortable
Intense physical activity – 6 weeks after surgery
Fading of the scars – a few months to a year
What are the possible side effects or risks?
Any surgery has a degree of risk, and body surgery is no exception. During the first consultation, Dr. Sinescu will evaluate your individual risk level, all potential problems will be discussed and we will establish together if you have a strong indication for brachioplasty. Strict adherence to all pre- and postoperative medical recommendations is crucial to reducing any danger. We will always be at your side to achieve a satisfactory and safe end result.
The most common complications include:
– postoperative bleeding and hematoma
– skin dehiscence
– modified local sensibility
– hypertrophic scarring
– remaining excess tissue
How long do the results last?
Brachioplasty removes excess fat and tightens and softens the skin from the upper arms. These results generally last between 5 and 10 years; however, weight gain or pregnancy will affect the final appearance.
Frequently asked questions
What other procedures can be associated with brachioplasty?
Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat from the upper arm and refine the aspect of the area.
Is the surgical intervention covered by health insurance?
Arm lift is considered an aesthetic surgery and therefore it is not covered by medical insurance. You are responsible for all the costs. The costs and payment methods will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Are there other variants of upper arm surgery?
Some patients can successfully respond to non-excision techniques such as liposuction. Patient expectations are critical in determining the best strategy. Improving the appearance of the upper limbs can be achieved through weight loss and sports, especially with toning exercises. If we face severe laxity of the skin and muscles, brachioplasty is the only option that restores the desired contour and tone.