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What is a Brachioplasty?

A brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and tone the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. This transformation addresses sagging that can occur with age or significant weight loss, resulting in smoother contours and a more youthful appearance. Wondering if it's right for you? Explore the transformative journey of brachioplasty with our vivid photo guide.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Commonly referred to as an arm lift, brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that removes loose skin from the upper arm. Procedures of this type are often utilized to help reshape the upper portion of the arm after the individual has undergone a significant weight loss or the skin has begun to lose elasticity later in life. The arm surgery helps to restore a reasonable range of proportion and skin tone.

While brachioplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, candidates for the surgery must meet basic requirements in order to qualify. The individual cannot be obese and must maintain a stable weight for several months. People with any type of medical condition that could inhibit the healing process are highly likely to be rejected. Many surgeons prefer that the candidate be a non-smoker. When some form of substance abuse or addiction is indicated, there is also a reduced change the individual will qualify.

An obese individual may not meet the basic requirements for a brachioplasty.
An obese individual may not meet the basic requirements for a brachioplasty.

As with any type of surgical procedure, there is a degree of risk involved with arm lifts. The amount of scarring on the underside of the upper arm may be significant in the event an infection sets in during the recovery period. An adverse reaction to the anesthesia may take place. Brachioplasty patients may also experience a collection of fluid around the incision that must be drained at various points during the healing process.

Patients who undergo a brachioplasty are susceptible to experiencing an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
Patients who undergo a brachioplasty are susceptible to experiencing an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

Some of the potential risks with brachioplasty are more permanent. The skin and muscles of the upper arm may experience a decrease in sensation, possibly even numbness. Permanent discoloration of the skin around the incision may take place. There is also the potential for losing skin as well as the development of blood clots.

Prior to scheduling arm lift surgery, the attending physician will qualify the candidate, making sure there are no complicating factors that would increase the risk beyond a reasonable range. Once the candidate is cleared for brachioplasty, the physician will discuss all the risks in detail with the patient. In addition, information regarding the recovery period will be discussed at length with the patient. Only after the individual understands the risks and what to expect during brachioplasty recovery will the surgeon proceed.

Doctors prefer candidates for a brachioplasty be non-smokers.
Doctors prefer candidates for a brachioplasty be non-smokers.

While there are risk factors to consider, people who undergo brachioplasty are often very happy with the results. Instead of excess skin hanging off the underside of the upper arm, the individual will have a toned and taut arm. While there will be a scar on the underside of the arm, many patients are left with scarring that is eventually so light that it is difficult to detect.

Along with the physical benefits of undergoing brachioplasty, there is also the enhanced confidence that comes from being

comfortable

Individuals suffering from substance abuse may not qualify for a  brachioplasty.
Individuals suffering from substance abuse may not qualify for a brachioplasty.

with personal appearance. Patients are able to wear long sleeves without feeling uncomfortable in the region of the upper arms. Also, people who undergo the procedure no longer feel embarrassed to wear short sleeves in public. For many people, these psychological benefits are often the determining factor in their decision to seek brachioplasty.

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Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including TheHealthBoard, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including TheHealthBoard, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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    • An obese individual may not meet the basic requirements for a brachioplasty.
      By: Anuska Sampedro
      An obese individual may not meet the basic requirements for a brachioplasty.
    • Patients who undergo a brachioplasty are susceptible to experiencing an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
      By: Tyler Olson
      Patients who undergo a brachioplasty are susceptible to experiencing an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
    • Doctors prefer candidates for a brachioplasty be non-smokers.
      By: Serhiy Kobyakov
      Doctors prefer candidates for a brachioplasty be non-smokers.
    • Individuals suffering from substance abuse may not qualify for a  brachioplasty.
      By: Lord_Ghost
      Individuals suffering from substance abuse may not qualify for a brachioplasty.
    • Information regarding the recovery period involved with a brachioplasty will be discussed at length with a patient.
      By: Monkey Business
      Information regarding the recovery period involved with a brachioplasty will be discussed at length with a patient.
    • An anesthesiologist needs to be present before any surgical procedure can be performed.
      By: Andres Rodriguez
      An anesthesiologist needs to be present before any surgical procedure can be performed.