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Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a surgical procedure that:

Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and hereditary factors can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected with exercise. Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. During your arm lift surgery consultation, be prepared to discuss:

Your surgical goals Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use Previous surgeries

Your arm lift surgeon will also: Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors Take photographs Discuss your options Discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

It’s very important to understand all aspects of your arm lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon. PROCEDURE

An arm lift procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the judgment of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures. The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely be swelling and bruising. During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

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