The Brachioplasty Procedure: What to Expect
At the start of the surgical session, the patient is given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Both options have their pros and cons, and the choice between them is made during the initial consultation.
After the patient is comfortable and unable to feel any pain or discomfort, arm lift incisions are created. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. This gives the surgeon access to the underlying tissues.
Loose excess skin is then trimmed away with a scalpel. In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. Once all tissue alteration is complete, the skin is redraped tightly and the incisions are stitched closed.
Brachioplasty Recovery and Healing
Once your brachioplasty is complete, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member so that you can rest and recover. The arm lift recovery process can be comfortable and convenient, provided you follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. Following these directions increases the likelihood of achieving the best arm lift results possible.
Make sure to wear a post-surgical elastic garment as recommended. These garments help the skin conform to the new underlying contours of the region. Additionally, they control swelling, reducing the overall recovery time.
Elevation minimizes bruising and swelling, so for around three days, you will need to keep your arms elevated at all times. Pillows help to keep arms elevated overnight.
Taking around one week off from work is recommended. After four to six weeks, patients can resume physically strenuous activities like rigorous exercise.
Arm Lift Cost
We work with our patients to ensure that they have adequate financing for their procedures. If arm lift cost is an issue, the CareCredit program may be able to help. Find out more about the price of your brachioplasty during a consultation.