An Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) is an excisional lift, in which the redundant skin and fat of the upper arms are excised, thereby correcting the “batwing” deformity. Regrettably, the triceps muscle is notoriously underdeveloped in most women and the effects of gravity, age, weight gain, and weight loss magnify the skin laxity.
Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and Brachioplasty is a relatively safe procedure as long as you are in good health, maintain a stable weight, are a nonsmoker, factor adequate time to recover, and have realistic expectations for your desired results. It is definitely a trade-off: acceptance of a scar for improved contour. At the consultation, Dr. Chong will evaluate your medical history, understand your special circumstances and expectations, formulate a treatment plan, and review all possible contingencies. Please be prepared to discuss any allergies, current medications or herbal treatments, and alcohol, tobacco, or drug use.
Both variants of Brachioplasty (major or minor) are conducted under Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC sedation). The difference between the major and minor is the length of the scar, which in turn depends on the quality of the inner arm skin and the extent of its laxity.
Surgical planning of the incision is paramount. The location and quality of the final scar must be relatively imperceptible and fine-lined. Generally, the incision originates from the armpit and extends to the antecubital fossa (just above the elbow). If liposuction for contouring is part of the surgical plan, it is done first, prior to excising the skin redundancy in an elliptical pattern. The wound is repaired in multiple layers of dissolving sutures and dressed. The patient is followed closely, post-op; compression sleeves are worn for approximately 2 weeks. Once the incisions have healed, patients may use scar treatment such as Silagen to improve scar appearance.
The results are immediate and will become more apparent over the next few months as all bruising and swelling subside.
Dr. Chong will be happy to consult with you regarding arm lift procedures and any other plastic surgery procedure. To schedule your surgical consultation, please call our office in Newport Beach at (949) 644-1400.