Brachioplasty is also known as arm contouring or simply, an arm lift. It is a medical process where the arms are smoothened and toned by surgically removing and tightening any excess skin on the arms. In many cases, Arm Lift / Arm Contouring Los Angeles is done in tandem with liposuction. Characteristically, liposuction is first executed and allowed to heal in order to avoid necrosis or damage to blood circulation in the area. Once the area has healed suitably, brachioplasty is performed.
The skin of the arms frequently sags after losing weight and becomes loose or flabby. More often than not, exercise alone does not trim or tone down the arms, thus many clients decide to undergo brachioplasty to remove this unwanted flabby skin.
During your consultation, you will be requested to provide the doctor with your medical health history. This will include information regarding any medical conditions, diseases, and previous surgeries you may have had, as well as any current medications that you are taking. Once done, the plastic surgeon will ask about your weight loss plans in the future and the consequences these may have on your arm’s appearance. You will also be assessed for your skin’s elasticity, along with how much excess tissue to cut. You will also discuss the various options of the incision and where you want this to be done.
During the Arm Lift / Arm Contouring Los Angeles or brachioplasty procedure, you will be given general anesthesia. An incision will be made; either from the underarm to the elbow or the back of the upper arm’s length. If there is too much extra skin that needs to be removed, the incision can run along the chest area, which will permit the plastic surgeon to remove excess skin from the chest and arms. Sometimes, the incision can also extend to the back part at the bra band area in order to create slimming contours and an upper body lift. Drains are placed on each end of the incision in order to remove fluid leaks.
During recovery, patients are advised to follow doctor’s orders pre-operatively in a strict manner in order to speed up the recovery process. During the first few days after the procedure, your arms should be kept elevated above the heart as much as possible. Meanwhile, compression bandages will be applied to the arms and upper body to avoid swelling and help hasten the healing process. The site of surgery should not be subject to stress, weight or abrasion, and only four to six weeks after surgery can normal activities resume.