Arm Lift in Dallas, TX
Dallas Arm Lift Specialists – The Center for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring at Forest Park Medical Center
Serving Arm Lift Patients in Dallas and Carrollton, Texas
What Is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?
Also referred to as brachioplasty, an arm lift is a procedure where hanging skin beneath the upper arm is re-contoured, firmed, and tightened. Therefore, people who have undergone post-bariatric surgery, who have lost a large amount of weight, or who have sagging underarm skin can obtain upper arm firming and toning from the surgery.
How Is an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty Performed?
A brachioplasty, or arm lift, is typically done on an outpatient basis and usually takes no more than two hours to perform. If another procedure, such a liposuction, is done at the same time, then the length of the surgery can run about one or two hours more.
To begin the surgery, the doctor will make incisions on the inside of the arm. The incisions usually run from the underarm to a point just above the elbow. The exact placement and length of the incision depends on how much excess skin must be removed. Post-bariatric surgery patients or individuals who’ve lost large amounts of weight often will require lengthier incisions, or ones that may extend past the underarm and end next to the chest.
In cases where liposuction is performed along with the surgery, the surgeon will remove fat deposits first using suction lipectomy before an incision is made. After the incisions are made, the excess skin is trimmed and then the remaining skin is pulled up and sewn with absorbable sutures. In some instances, removable sutures are used, which will need to be taken out about two weeks after the surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?
If you are experiencing loose, sagging skin beneath your upper arm and cannot get rid of it through regular diet and exercise, then you may benefit from an arm lift procedure. Even average-weight people opt for the surgery as their sagging skin may be the result of the aging process, weight loss, or genetics. A brachioplasty is a popular procedure as exercise can tone or tighten the muscles but is not a solution for firming the skin.
Therefore, good candidates for brachioplasty include those individuals with sagging upper arm skin whose weight has been stable for at least a year. Individuals should also be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
What Is Involved in the Healing Process?
After the procedure is performed, bandages and dressings will be placed at the incision sites. Arms may also be outfitted with compression bandages to reduce the amount of swelling. A tube may also be placed, for the time being, beneath the skin to collect any blood or fluid drainage. Typically, swelling will start to go down after two days and subside in about two to four weeks. Patients are asked to keep their arms elevated during the recovery process.
What Are the Typical Results?
Patients who undergo brachioplasty experience long-lasting and satisfactory results provided they maintain their weight and follow a program of sensible eating and exercise. Naturally, as you age, you will lose some firmness and tone. Otherwise, the results of the surgery will be permanent.
When you set up a consultation, all details about the surgery as well as the expenses will be covered at that time. As each patient’s needs are different, surgical costs can vary as well.
At The Center for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring at Forest Park Medical Center, our surgeons (Dr. David Genecov, and Dr. Carlos Raul Barcelo’) offer post-bariatric surgery to patients across North Texas including Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton, Irving, Garland, and University Park, TX. Contact The Center for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring at Forest Park Medical Center today to see if you qualify for a FREE Arm Lift Consultation!