As we grow older, it is common for the skin on the underside of our upper arms to become less firm and then start to sag. In certain cases, individuals may also experience a lack of skin elasticity after significant weight loss. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can help address this issue of loose, excess skin. The surgical procedure aims to decrease localized fat deposits in the upper arms that can be attributed to factors such as the natural aging process, genetic predisposition, and changes in body weight over time. Here’s what you need to know.
When You Might Need an Arm Lift
Having excess folds of skin can lead to a variety of concerns and challenges, such as:
- General discomfort
- Hygiene issues
- Poor self-esteem
What Happens During an Arm Lift?
During an arm lift, several steps are taken to achieve the desired results. First, the patient is carefully prepared for the surgery, which involves administering either local or general anesthesia to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure.
Our skilled surgeon will take the time to thoroughly explain the intricacies of your unique arm lift procedure, ensuring that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the details of your surgery.
Here are some general expectations that you can look forward to:
- Most people get general anesthesia; however, it is also possible under local anesthesia, in addition to any necessary medication that will help you during your procedure.
- The surgeon can remove extra skin and fat from an incision along the back of or on the inside of your arm. Sometimes, depending on your needs and the specific results you desire, the incision may also go down your chest.
- Following the removal of excess skin and fat, the surgeon will reconnect the skin to create a smoother contour. The medical staff will then carefully dress the treatment area.
- After your procedure, you may be provided with a course of antibiotics to prevent infection. You may also have temporary drains to prevent fluid buildup.
Schedule a Consultation for an Arm Lift in San Antonio, TX
At our boutique plastic surgery practice in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Jessica Belz and our staff prioritize giving you the careful, personalized attention you deserve. Our individualized approach to care ensures that we achieve excellent outcomes while also fostering lasting relationships with our patients.
Contact our office today to find out whether an arm lift can help you achieve your body transformation goals. To arrange for a consultation, please call 210-497-7100.