On this blog, Dr. Gregory T. Fisher, MD, FACS, provides useful intormation to his patients. Please contact us with your inquiries. You may also make an appointment by calling Dr.Fisher's office at 562-865-9600.
Aging, fluctuations in weight, simple forces of gravity… all contribute to the loss of skin elasticity and tone.
Brachioplasty, arm lift or arm tuck, can, and often is, coupled with liposuction. When the excess skin is detached, the remaining skin is stretched and stitched back into place. The surgery often lasts for 2-3 hours, and the patients can be sent home on the same day.
Our patients have the advantage of a special arrangement we have with Sheraton Hotel, so even if Dr.Fisher has some prior surgery and the patient is taken into the OR in the afternoon, they can rest comfortably, accompanied by our staff, and transition into a wholesome uninterrupted sleep. Healing time after the surgery will vary between individuals. Dr.Fisher will ask you to avoid engaging in strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects.
Who are ideal candidates for brachioplasty? Those who have lost weight after a massive surgery (e.g. bariatric surgery or “stomach stapling”), who exceeded their tanning, or even people who find that aging process inflicted unwanted and undesirable effects on their bodies. If a patient has predominantly excess of fatty tissue (all over the body) then liposuction must be performed first (or alongside with brachioplasty). Naturally, people who have some counterindication, such as multiple infections of the sweat glands (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) must be treated appropriately first. In cases of radical mastectomy (extensive breast cancer surgery) swelling of the arms is normal and an added aesthetic procedure may neither achieve the desired effects and/or cause unnecessary complications.
Before deciding on getting an arm lift, one must reflect on the scars that will be permanently found on the side of his or her arms. Depending on the length of the incision, the scar could extend from just within the armpit area or down to the elbow. Although Dr.Fisher has already hidden these scars at the inner side of the arm, its appearance varies from one patient to the other and you should consult with Dr.Fisher on the issue in detail. What matters here is the extent of the procedure. Minimal skin excess may be treated with an incision in the armpit alone. Moderate laxity is treated with an incision from the armpit to the elbow. Most patients fall into this category. More severe cases are rare and may require extension of the incision past the elbow onto the forearm. Dr.Fisher performed dozens of incisions of all three types and has unparalleled experience in the area.
Finally, if you are planning or anticipate a significant loss of weight in the future, it is probably best to postpone your arm lift until after this has occurred to optimize your results.
Following arm lift surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many also find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.