Arm Lift Houston
Brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. The soft tissue in the upper arm can become lax and begin to sag over time as part of the natural aging process or from substantial weight loss. An arm lift creates a more toned, youthful appearance.
During an arm lift, liposuction may be used as part of the procedure to remove any excess fat that has accumulated. An arm lift is also often performed as part of post-bariatric surgery.
Arm Lift Considerations
During your arm lift consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will answer questions you may have about the procedure and will discuss any safety concerns related to the surgery.
Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?
You may be a candidate for an arm lift if you are in good health and over 18 years old. Dr. Sato will examine you and review your medical history in order to determine whether an arm lift is right for you.
What happens during an arm lift?
An arm lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in our in-office operating room under local anesthetic and IV sedation or in an ambulatory surgery center under general anesthesia. The operative time varies from patient to patient, as each case is unique.
If an arm lift is done in combination with other surgical procedures, a monitored overnight stay may be required.
During an arm lift, excess fat may be removed using liposuction. Dr. Sato then makes an incision on the inside aspect of the upper arm. The length of the incision is patient-dependent. Some patients are good candidates for a limited scar brachioplasty while others require a scar from the axilla to elbow. Any loose skin is trimmed away, leaving a slimmer, more contoured arm.
What can I expect while recovering from arm lift surgery?
After the surgery your incision will be covered with paper tape, and a compression garment will be worn to help reduce swelling. You will experience some soreness, bruising, and swelling. If subcutaneous drains were placed intra-operatively, you will be provided with drain teaching.
Most people take 1-2 weeks off from work for their recovery. Strenuous activity is discouraged for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Sato will give you full instructions for post-operative care and will monitor your progress during follow-up visits.
With an arm lift, incisions are placed on the inside of the upper arm to make them less noticeable. The scars will fade over time and can be hidden with clothing.
Are you interested in brachioplasty in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.