As we age or after weight loss, many individuals become concerned about loose or sagging skin on their arms which can give a “bat wing” appearance. Arm Lift Surgery in Tampa, also known as Brachioplasty is a procedure used to tighten and smooth the upper arm, resulting in a more fit and youthful appearance.
While Brachioplasty is a relatively straightforward surgery, there are risks involved. This is why those interested in the procedure should turn to an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Ahmed Abdullah. Throughout his nearly three decades as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Abdullah has performed countless successful Brachioplasty surgeries and achieved a high rate of patient satisfaction.
You may be an excellent candidate for an arm lift (Brachioplasty) if:
- You have excess skin on your upper arm that droops when you raise your arm
- Your weight is stable and you are not significantly overweight
- You are physically healthy
- You do not smoke
The first step in Brachioplasty is a consultation with Dr. Abdullah, who will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history. He will verify that you are in good health and inquire about your expectations of surgery to determine if they are reasonable and realistic. Dr. Abdullah will provide you with detailed information about the Brachioplasty procedure and healing process and will take the time to answer your questions. If he determines that Brachioplasty is an appropriate procedure to help you achieve your goals, Dr. Abdullah will develop a customized treatment plan.
Here is what to expect during an arm lift procedure.
Step 1: Anesthesia
The surgeon will administer anesthesia for your comfort during the procedure. Doctors recommend the best option for you between general anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
Step 2: Incision
The most common way to perform an arm lift procedure is by making incisions on the back or inside your arms. After administering anesthesia, the surgeon will make clean and precise incisions depending on the amount and location of the excess skin scheduled for removal. Surgeons often rely on their best judgment from years of experience to determine the best incision length, pattern, and location.
The incision may extend from the underarm to slightly above the elbow. Excess fat can be treated using liposuction or excised directly.
The incision can also be more limited, depending on your condition. Then, the specialist tightens and reshapes underlying supportive tissue with internal sutures. The specialist then smooths the skin over your arm’s new contour.
Step 3: Closing the Incision
The specialist will then close the incisions using either absorbable sutures or stitches that require removal 1-2 weeks post-procedure.
An arm lift can have physical, aesthetically pleasing, and psychological advantages.
- Your skin will sag less and be tighter
- Improves how you feel about your arms
- You will be able to wear whatever you choose, such as a shirt with fewer sleeves or no sleeves
- You will regain elasticity in your arms
- People will notice the improved contours
- You will have fewer rashes due to excess folds of skin
- Gets rid of certain hygiene problems
- Your scars will be less visible because they will be hidden under your armpits
Brachioplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to rest and recover in the comfort of your own home. You will be advised to wear compression garments for up to four weeks post-surgery to minimize swelling, which can be significant for up to two weeks post-surgery and may persist for several months as skin tissues normalize. Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions, as well as options for pain control. In addition, he will provide contact information for he and his staff in the event that questions or concerns arise. Within several days of your Tampa arm lift surgery, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him.
After your arm lift surgery, it is crucial that you designate someone to drive you home. You may also need someone close by for the first few days after surgery in case of complications or if you need help with tasks.
Arm lift recovery typically takes 1-2 weeks. The tissues may take a few weeks to heal fully. Doctors often recommend post-operative instructions to assist in faster and easier recovery. These include:
- Getting sufficient rest
- Avoiding strenuous activities, such as bearing weight or lifting over your head
- Wearing loose and comfortable clothing which is easy to put on and take off
More importantly, watch out for potential side effects or resulting conditions, like:
These may disappear with time. However, in the event the side effects worsen, contact your doctor immediately.
Most arm lift patients are able to return to work within 3 to 4 weeks of surgery, depending on the nature of their job. Heavy lifting must be avoided for a period of 4 weeks, minimum.
We know you need the best surgeon available for your procedure, so rest assured that Dr. Abdullah is highly trained, skilled, and experienced in Brachioplasty. Looking for more information about arm lifts and how this procedure might benefit you? Please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Tampa plastic surgery office. Arviv Plastic Surgery offers brachioplasty for men and women who live in and near Tampa, FL.
Here are the commonly asked questions regarding arm lift surgery.
What is a Mini Arm Lift?
A mini arm lift, also known as a mini Brachioplasty, is ideal for patients who don’t have excess skin and fat in the upper arm. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a single crescent-shaped incision under your armpit. The incision can also extend in a T-line into the arm. However, the goal is the same in the mini arm lift surgery as in the traditional Brachioplasty.
How Long Does Surgery Take?
An arm lift surgery usually takes 1-2 hours, during which the surgeon makes an incision in your upper arm, removes excess skin, then tightens and smooths the remaining skin. You can expect to go home the same day.
What Can I Expect During The Recovery?
You may experience soreness, swelling, and bruising, which can lessen after the first few days. Expect the recovery process to take around 1-2 weeks.
How Long Do Brachioplasty Results Last?
Each patient’s body and skin differ greatly. Most men and women typically notice faded arm lift scars after about 12 months. The results of an arm lift surgery tend to be long-lasting, provided you follow surgeon-provided recovery instructions.
What Are The Risks Of This Surgery?
Possible risks of an arm lift surgery include:
- Hematoma or Seroma
- Numbness, tingling, or sensation loss in the arms
- Chronic arm pain or sensitivity
- Poor incision healing/ unsightly scarring
- Asymmetric arms
- General surgical complications, such as blood clot
- Risks associated with anesthesia
Fortunately, having your procedure completed by a well-trained, experienced, board-certified surgeon can significantly reduce these risks. You can also reduce these risks by following post-operative instructions for smooth recovery.
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