Houston, Spring & The Woodlands Upper Arm Lift
Brachioplasty Plastic Surgery
If you are afraid to wear sleeveless tops and shirts in public because of excess skin hanging from your arms, resulting in a “batwing” effect, plastic surgeon Dr. Young Cho can alleviate the stress and help you be able to wear the clothes you want to with an arm lift procedure.
Also known as a brachioplasty, this procedure uses tissue and skin tightening techniques to remove the excess skin and stubborn fat deposits sometimes present on the upper arms. You can expect the following from your arm lift procedure:
- Removes fat and skin from upper arms
- Improves the fit of clothing
- Increases self-confidence
When performing the arm lift, Dr. Cho may combine the skin tightening techniques with liposuction, or if your skin elasticity is good, be able to perform liposuction alone. To begin, your plastic surgeon will make incisions in the inner part of your arm, with the incisions traveling from your underarm to your elbow. Liposuction and skin removal will then be performed to tighten the skin. When complete, Dr. Cho will place sutures to close the incisions and to maintain the new shape of your arms.
Before the Arm Lift
Often useful after weight loss, the arm lift procedure is ideally performed on individuals who are healthy, nonsmokers with good skin elasticity and are willing to accept some scarring as a tradeoff. Before beginning the outpatient arm lift procedure, which can take one to two hours to complete, you will be placed under local anesthesia for a small skin removal or liposuction or under general anesthesia for a larger removal of skin and tissue. Dr. Cho may also make incision marks on your inner arms prior to surgery.
Before and After Arm Lift (Illustration – individual results vary)
After the Arm Lift
After you have undergone an arm lift, you should expect 2 to 4 weeks before making a full recovery. Following the procedure, you should limit the movement of your arms and keep them elevated. After about two weeks, the swelling and bruising, which are common side effects, should subside, and Dr. Cho may prescribe medication to manage discomfort. You will wear tape and a compression garment to aid in proper healing.
As with any surgical procedure, some complications are possible. In the case of an arm lift surgery, these may include changes in sensation and pigmentation, poor healing and scarring and a rare chance for bleeding infection.
We encourage you to contact Dr. Cho’s practice at (281) 404-5454 to learn more about how an arm lift procedure cannot only increase your self-confidence, but also your wardrobe choices.