Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

The Problem: An area of concern for those patients having significant weight loss is excess tissue in the upper arm area. No matter how much exercising or toning you do, that skin will stay there unless surgically removed.
The Goal: An arm lift will improve contour in the upper arm. Dr. Goodwin’s technique also aims to minimize the appearance of the scar through incision location and appropriate fat removal.
The Procedure: 1.5 to 2 hours, often combined with other surgeries such as liposuction, breast lift/reduction, or other body contouring. Compression garment to be worn postoperatively 2 to 6 weeks. Full activity after one month.

Surgical Overview

Length: Usually 1-2 hours.
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, scarring, tightness with arm movement.

Risks: Infection, bleeding, wound breakdown, scar hypertrophy, asymmetry, risk of anesthesia.
Recovery: Sometimes drains required for one to two days. Resume normal daily activities usually within one to two weeks. Full recovery is usually six weeks. Post-operative garment is normally worn for four weeks.
Duration of Results: Usually permanent if weight remains stable.

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*All information on this site provides general information about plastic surgery. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and it does not address your individual medical needs which will determine which treatment options are right for you.

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