Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that removes an extra skin from the arms. It is usually performed in patients after a massive weight loss who experience loose or sagging skin on the arms. The surgery tightens, smooths and firms the upper arms but it also leaves a visible scar on the inner part of the arm. The appearance of the scar is unpredictable, but it usually improves over the time.
Who is a candidate?
Patients with the excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue in the arm region.
Before the surgery
The plastic surgeon will thoroughly analyze your medical history as well as the condition of the arm region.
You will also receive detailed information that will help you to properly prepare for the procedure. It includes:
- quitting smoking,
- list of contraindicated drugs,
- proper wound care technique,
- eating and drinking restrictions day before the surgery.
The course of the surgery
You will discuss the concerns and expectations regarding the procedure with your plastic surgeon. The treatment options and possible effects of the surgery will be also considered.
During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss the possible course of the scar, risks and benefits of the surgery.
Type of the anesthesia
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
After the surgery
After the surgery is over, a compression garment or dressing will be placed in the operated area. The recovery period will take approximately 14 days.
The brachioplasty results in firm and tight arms, which makes them look younger and more attractive. A postoperative scar may remain wide and flushed, however it usually fades and softens over the time. The final appearance of the scar will be formed about 12 to 18 months after the surgery.