Achieve a Contoured, Youthful Appearance with Arm Lift Surgery
Sometimes, despite a healthy diet and exercise, stubborn fat deposits can remain. One of the most common areas for this to occur is the upper arm. Brachioplasty surgery, or an arm lift, can remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles on your upper arms, creating smooth and proportional contours. At South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, Dr. Brian F. Burns can combine an arm lift with other body contouring procedures for optimal results. Dr. Burns is board-certified and uses advanced techniques to provide patients with completely natural-looking results.
Is the Procedure Right for Me?
There are a few different reasons why a patient may consider an arm lift. For example, aging can cause the skin to lose elasticity and sag. Loose skin is also a common concern for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. Patients seriously considering an arm lift procedure should be in good health and at a stable weight, as any weight fluctuation can hamper the success of treatment. Patients undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery should not smoke and should have realistic expectations of their results.
Candidates for an arm lift should be in good health and at a stable weight, as any weight fluctuations can hamper your results.
At our practice, we never want finances to stand in the way of the level of care you deserve. That is why Dr. Burns accepts CareCredit® and also provides other flexible financing options to help patients with out-of-pocket costs.
About the Arm Lift Procedure
There are two primary types of arm lifts: an upper arm lift and a mini arm lift. Both achieve the same desired result. However, while an upper arm lift can provide more comprehensive results, a mini arm lift is sometimes recommended for those who need only minor revision. Both types of treatment are typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Arm lift surgery removes excess skin and fat that will not respond to diet and exercise.
Upper Arm Lift
To begin the procedure, Dr. Burns will create an incision that runs from the armpit, along the inner arm, and to the elbow. This incision may be shorter or longer depending on the specific needs of the patients. As always, Dr. Burns will take special care to minimize visible scarring. Next, excess skin and tissue will be removed, and stubborn fat deposits will be eliminated through liposuction. Finally, the remaining skin will be repositioned and the incisions will be closed.
Mini Arm Lift
The methods used in a mini arm lift are quite similar to those of an upper arm lift. The primary difference, however, is the size of the incision. To perform a mini arm lift, Dr. Burns will create a tiny incision in the armpit, where scarring is virtually hidden.
Healing and Recovery
Patients can expect to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, and discomfort after the procedure However, these side effects can be managed by following the post-surgical guidelines provided by Dr. Burns. This includes resting with your arms elevated and taking your prescriptions as directed. In most cases, patients will be able to return to work in about two to three weeks after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided until further notice, as rigorous exercise can elevate the heart rate and lead to increased bleeding. During the recovery period, you will attend follow-up appointments at our practice so your progress can be monitored.
The results of your arm lift will be noticeable immediately following your procedure. However, as swelling diminishes over the next few weeks and months, the final outcome will become more evident. Most patients will notice that their arms appear much more toned and contoured around the two- to three-month mark. Best of all, with a proper diet and exercise regimen, your results can last a lifetime.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are self-conscious or embarrassed about loose, sagging skin in the upper arm area, an arm lift could achieve your goals. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns, contact us online or call us at (361) 576-1975.