Liposuction of the arms is the procedure intended to remove localized fat from the arms, through Liposuction. Liposuction of the arms is usually recommended when there is good skin elasticity. The Liposuction of the arms procedure is simple and done under general anesthesia. The patient can already move the following day. In about two weeks, bruising tend to disappear.
The Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift.
The type of Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift performed by your plastic surgeon depends upon the amount and location of your excess skin. If your excess hanging skin is located within two inches from the armpit, the surgeon can possibily pull it up and tuck the excess skin into the armpit with an axillary Brachioplasty or mini arm tuck. For those whose excess skin extends from the armpit to the elbow, the only option is the complete removal of the arm flab in a standard Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift.
An important consideration for Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift patients is the resulting scars. With a mini arm tuck, the scar is limited to a semi-circular line hidden in the armpit. A standard Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift however, results in a permanent scar extending the length of the upper arm, from the armpit to the elbow. This scar is either placed on the inner side of the arm, which is hidden during a normal pose; or at the bottom of the arm just, like the seam of a shirt. The intensity of the scar's appearance varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted. Therefore, it is extremely important to decide whether having a permanent scar is a good "trade off" for having smaller and firmer upper arms.
After the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10 to 14 days after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift. Sutures are usually removed within the first 2 to 3 weeks after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear 3 to 4 weeks after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift. All swelling is gone 3 to 6 months after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift. The scars fade 6 to 24 months after the Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift, depending on youThe final appearance of the scar depends exclusively on genetic and physical aspects of the patient. After the procedure, it is possible to notice a fine scar. However, how the scar is going to be after all depends on each patient. Braquioplasty can be performed together with Breast Implants and/or Abdominoplasty.
Liposuction + Brachioplasty
In some cases, the excess of skin, fat and laxity require a combination of Brachioplasty with Liposuction of arms, in order to achieve desired results.