What is a Brachioplasty?

Woman lifting her arm upEven individuals who exercise vigorously can find it difficult to figure out how to get rid of arm fat. The skin around the arms, particularly the back of the arms, is prone to sagging and loss of elasticity and does not usually respond very quickly to exercise. Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, can address this problem by simultaneously lifting and tightening the skin.

Read more below to learn what an upper arm lift can do for you.

Arm Lift Surgery Procedure

Arm lift surgery is particularly popular among Scottsdale cosmetic surgery patients who have experienced massive weight loss and are dealing with excess, sagging skin on their upper arms. The procedure trims away excess skin, fat and tissue to reveal more slender, sculpted arms.

Dr. Berardi will make an incision on the back of your arm, running from the underarm to the elbow. Through this incision he will access the tissues of the arm, removing skin and tightening the skin that remains. Once the necessary changes have been made, the incision is closed with sutures.

Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to return home on the same day as your surgery. The procedure can last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the amount of tissue that is being removed. In addition, Dr. Berardi may use a liposuction technique to get rid of localized fat deposits.

Who is Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

You may be an arm lift candidate if you are in good general health but have reservations about the appearance of your upper arms. If you plan to undergo arm lift surgery, you should be at or near your ideal weight, as weight fluctuations can hinder the long-term results of surgery.

It is also important that you have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of arm lift surgery. Although the procedure will help you obtain slimmer arms, only a healthy lifestyle can maintain those results.

During a pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Berardi will review your health history, motivations for surgery and cosmetic goals to determine if reducing your arm fat is right for you.

What to Expect While Recovering From Arm Lift Surgery

As an arm lift patient, you should expect to experience swelling, bruising and minor discomfort for a few days after surgery. Some scarring will occur but will diminish over time.

Post-Operation Instructions & Returning to Work

Dr. Berardi will provide you with a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions, including keeping the arm elevated and wearing a compression garment. Most patients return to work within two weeks of the procedure, but you should be careful to avoid any heavy lifting for at least six weeks after surgery.

Dr. Berardi will see you for post-surgery consultations to monitor the healing process and is available around the clock to address any concerns that may arise during your recovery period.

Once the recovery period is over, many patients report feeling more confident in their appearance, specifically when showing off their arms in a tank top or bathing suit.

Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation Today

Sagging skin and excess fat in the upper arms can lead many people to feel self-conscious about their appearance, causing them to cringe even when doing something as simple as waving “hello.” If weight loss or aging has caused the skin on your arms to become lax, arm lift surgery with Dr. Berardi can help.

Want to Learn More?

Contact Berardi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today at 480.397.0711 to schedule a consultation today. During your appointment, Dr. Berardi can answer all of your questions about arm lift, and other cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck, thigh lift, and post-bariatric surgery. He can also show before and after photos of previous cosmetic surgery patients, including breast implants, facelift and rhinoplasty patients in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

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