Arm Lift Houston
An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed at Dr. Donna Rich’s Houston plastic surgery office to reshape the upper arms by reducing excess skin and tightening the tissues that define the shape of the upper arm.
Good Candidates For A Brachioplasty Procedure
Houston men and women who are in good health and within normal weight for their height, and have concerns about their upper arms are good candidates for a brachioplasty. Sagging upper arms can be a result of weight loss, a genetic tendency, and/or natural aging. During your private consultation with Dr. Rich, she will review all your options and discuss the anesthesia, potential risks, and your expected recovery. Dr. Rich’s plastic surgery office is located in Webster, TX, convenient to Houston, Galveston, Clear Lake, and Pearland. During your brachioplasty consultation, a thorough history will be taken and an examination of your upper arms will be performed to confirm that an arm lift procedure is the correct surgical option for you.
How A Brachioplasty Procedure Is Performed
A brachioplasty procedure is performed in Dr. Rich’s office-based accredited operating suite under general anesthesia. In the standard technique, an incision is made along the underarm and down the arm, from the armpit to the elbow, in the shape of a “T.” Excess fat and tissues are removed and the skin is resized and trimmed to fit the smaller upper arm shape. Sutures are inserted and a soft dressing plus a compressive garment are applied.
What To Expect After An Arm Lift Procedure
After surgery, you will have discomfort, swelling and bruising of the upper arm for 2-3 days. Discomfort will be alleviated by prescription pain medication, rest and avoiding any heavy lifting. Progressive arm elevation is encouraged over a two-week period, with full activity achieved 3-4 weeks postoperatively. You will continue to wear the compression garment for 3-4 weeks to reduce swelling. Your sutures will be removed approximately 10-14 days after surgery. All swelling is gone in 3-6 months. The scar, which was placed underneath the arm to make it less visible, will fade in 6-24 months, depending on your skin, but will never completely disappear. Most Houston arm lift patients, however, feel this is a reasonable tradeoff for more shapely arms. Dr. Rich will see you weekly for the first month.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a brachioplasty?
A brachioplasty involves liposuction of the arm and removal of excess skin through an incision in the inner arm.
What is the difference between liposuction of the arms and brachioplasty? Liposuction only contours the arm and removes fat. If there is a significant amount of excess skin in the upper arm, a brachioplasty will be needed, because the skin will not tighten or contract enough with just liposuction alone.
How visible is the scar?
The scar is in the inner arm but sometimes can widen because of the location and the pull of gravity.
When can I return to work?
Most patients can return to work in two weeks.
Am I a good candidate for brachioplasty?
As long as you are healthy, close to your ideal weight or your weight has been stable for three to six months, and do not smoke, a brachioplasty may be the right procedure to contour and restore your upper arms.
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