Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Many people are bothered by problem areas on the body which are difficult to improve despite diet and exercise. For many individuals, especially women, the upper arms are one of these problem areas. With age, heredity, or fluctuations in weight, the upper arms may develop a loose, sagging appearance which some refer to as "bat wings" or "flags". While exercise can strengthen the underlying muscle tone, it cannot improve excess skin, weakened tissues or localized fat deposits which cause a full or sagging appearance to the underside of the upper arms.
The arm lift, also referred to as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure in Detroit which reshapes the underside of the upper arm between the underarm and elbow. The surgery provides improved shape and definition to the upper arms by reducing excess sagging skin, tightening and smoothing the underlying tissues, and removing localized fat deposits.
For some individuals, SmartLipo™ can provide a good alternative to the arm lift for improving the appearance of the upper arms, or it may be combined with the arm lift. This is a minimally-invasive, laser-assisted lipolysis system which removes excess fat with less downtime and recovery. It is generally reserved for individuals with less extensive sagging in the upper arms.
How an Arm Lift Is Done
The incision for the arm lift is typically located on the inside or back of the upper arm. The length will depend on the amount of excess skin that is being removed, though it may extend from the armpit or underarm to just above the elbow. For those with less extensive sagging, a more limited incision may be made. Working through the incision, the underlying supportive tissue will be tightened and reshaped with internal sutures.
Excess skin will be removed and then re-draped for a smoother new contour. If there is excess fat, it will be removed with liposuction techniques.
SmartLipo™ is preformed through tiny, inconspicuous incisions in the skin. A narrow tube (cannula) which is fitted with a laser fiber inside is inserted through the incision. The laser liquefies the fat cells which are then suctioned out. This allows for a quicker, easier recovery with less swelling, bleeding and bruising and fewer risks as compared to traditional liposuction.
Keeping the Patient Comfortable
Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be administered for the arm lift to keep the patient comfortable. Local anesthesia is typically used for the SmartLipo™ procedure.
The Immediate After-Effects
Swelling and bruising are normal after the arm lift and may take several weeks to fade. Absorbable sutures will dissolve on their own, while stitches are usually removed within one to two weeks. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help minimize swelling and allow the arms to adapt to their new contours.
The recovery after SmartLipo™ is less extensive, with less swelling, bleeding and bruising and a quicker return to normal activities.
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. These must be discussed in detail with your Detroit, MI surgeon prior to your arm lift procedure but may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, anesthesia risks, poor wound healing, and asymmetry.
The Results to Expect
Patients will see immediate results after their arm lift, however swelling and bruising will subside over the next several weeks to months to allow the final results to become apparent. Dramatic improvement can be made in the appearance and feel of the arms, producing shapelier, more toned upper arms. The results can be long lasting with proper diet and exercise.
For more information about having an arm lift or SmartLipo™ in Dearborn, Michigan - contact Masri Clinic today.
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