Weight loss is a great accomplishment, but sometimes it can result in loose and hanging skin on some areas of the body.
The underside of the upper arm is an example of this.
A common cosmetic surgery known as a brachioplasty, and sometimes referred to as an arm lift or arm reshaping, is a skin removal/skin tightening procedure. New Orleans aesthetic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi offers body contouring for patients who have lost weight, and for those who are trying to battle the natural signs of aging and gravity. A brachioplasty results in a tighter, smoother, more toned arm appearance but Dr. Khoobehi recommends combining with Morpheus 8 and/ or Bodytite to achieve the ultimate result!
The goal of an arm lift is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. The length of the incision varies depending on how much skin and fat are to be removed. Patients who have a fairly good skin tone may only require a minor incision. However, patients who have excessively loose, hanging skin will require an incision that may run from the armpit to the elbow. At this time, the excess skin is trimmed and liposuction is performed. In some patients, the armpit will also need to be addressed and excess skin surgically removed.
Patients undergoing a brachioplasty are put under general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center or local anesthesia at Dr. Khoobehi accredited surgical suite. It is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 2 hours to complete. After surgery, the arm is protected with a compression garment. Swelling and bruising are normal. Patients should keep the arms slightly elevated, while resting, to promote blood circulation and help with swelling. Dr. Khoobehi may recommends Endermologies (post surgery massage) to be completed at least 5 times after surgery which helps reduce swelling and induce circulation. With proper care, the arms will return to normal function after a weeks.
This procedure, performed alone, will cost around $5,200 to $10,000. It is also common to combine a brachioplasty with another cosmetic surgery procedure. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Brachioplasty. He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Arm Lift FAQs
Arm Lift Or Lipo?
This depends on the amount of loose skin that is present. Patients who lose a significant amount of weight generally need the skin removed in order to attain a positive result. Patients who have relatively good skin elasticity may only need liposuction or minor tightening.
What About Scars?
Any patient who undergoes an operation where skin is excised and incisions are made should understand that scarring is a part of the procedure, including a brachioplasty. Dr. Khoobehi makes every effort to ensure that the scar will be as minimal as possible. For post-surgery care, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be prescribed. It is also recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During the consultation with Dr. Khoobehi, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made as to whether combined procedures will give the desired result.
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build actual muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can begin weight training if they wish to do so. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a recurring weight gain, which could compromise the surgical results.
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