Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

A Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is an operation done to remove unwanted excess skin and fat from the upper arms. A brachioplasty is helpful in improving the shape and definition of the upper arm, as well as reducing pockets of fat in this region. Liposuction can be combined with brachioplasty to achieve the best contour possible.

A Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is an operation done to remove unwanted excess skin and fat from the upper arms. A brachioplasty is helpful in improving the shape and definition of the upper arm, as well as reducing pockets of fat in this region.Liposuction can be combined with brachioplasty to achieve the best contour possible.

• A full brachioplasty is the traditional operation, and requires an incision from the underarm to just above the elbow. This approach gives the most power to remove extra or baggy skin. You are exchanging excess saggy upper arm skin for a scar in the same area.
• Some patients are candidates for a Limited Incision Medial Brachioplasty. This allows the incision to remain in the underarm, and helps tighten excess arm skin. It cannot remove as much skin as a full brachioplasty.

• Sagging arm skin can be caused by a variety of factors. Losing weight, aging, or just genetic make-up can contribute to your upper arms having a drooping, sagging appearance. No amount of dieting or arm exercises can restore the elasticity to the skin – in these cases surgery is the way to go!
• Good candidates for brachioplasty are healthy, non-smokers, who are at or near their goal weight.

• Liposuction is best for removing unwanted fat, especially in troublesome areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. However, it cannot remove excess skin. On the other hand, a Brachioplasty will remove the extra and stretched skin from upper arm.
• Not sure? The best way to find out is to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams. After a thorough discussion of your goals and a physical exam, Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss all of your options and help you choose the course of treatment best for you!

Our team will:
• Ask about your goals and expectations for Brachioplasty
• Ask about your overall health, including other medical conditions, prior surgeries, medications and drug allergies.
• Examine your arms
• Take photographs

• You will have a detailed discussion with Dr. Elkins-Williams to determine your goals and realistic outcome of the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss all of your options and recommend a course of treatment
• Every patient’s body is unique. Dr. Elkins-Williams is broadly trained in a wide variety of surgical techniques that he can adapt to each individual patient to deliver the very best results. During your consultation, Dr. Elkins-Williams will help you determine the right operation and right technique for your unique circumstances.

• Brachioplasty typically requires about 2-3 hours to perform under general anesthesia. You will have some pain and swelling immediately after surgery. Most patients will require pain medication for a few days. You will need to hold off on aerobic exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery; Dr Elkins-Williams will advise you when strenuous activity can be resumed.
• You will be placed in a compressive garment to help minimize swelling after surgery.
• Your wound care will be minimal. Typically, all of the sutures are under the skin and absorbable, so the only thing you have to worry about after surgery is healing!
• Swelling will gradually improve over a period of around 3 months. Though results are visible immediately, the final outcome will reveal itself over several months as theswelling in the abdomen resolves.
• Look forward to better-fitting, more comfortable clothing as well as enhanced confidence in your body!

You will receive a surgical quote and any clearance forms required at your consultation. Should you decide to proceed, we will connect you with our patient care coordinator, Shannon Jones. At this time, you will select a procedure date and pay a $500.00 non-refundable booking fee to reserve this date. Once the surgery date is set, we schedule a pre-operative appointment two weeks prior to surgery.

At your pre-op, you will have ample time to discuss your upcoming procedure in great detail and have all your questions answered. We will review all pre- and post-operative care, prescribed medications, and any provisions we may give you for use pre- and post-surgery. You will review and sign the consent for surgery, and the balance will be due at the conclusion of this appointment.

Avoid blood thinning medications/supplements for two weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). Generally, you may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E, multi vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flax seed oil.) You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre-op. All these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.

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