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. 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 brachioplasties and achieved a high rate of patient satisfaction.
You may be an excellent candidate for 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 a treatment plan.
Brachioplasty begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. Dr. Abdullah will then make an incision in a location, such as the armpit or along the inside of back of your arm, the size of which is dependent upon the amount of excess skin. In some cases, liposuction may be utilized to remove excess fat in the upper arm. Dr. Abdullah then tightens and shapes the underlying tissue, inserts internal sutures and, finally, closes the incision.
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 surgery, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him.
Most brachioplasty 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.