Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Seattle Area
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This procedure is done to eliminate loose skin of the upper arm. Whether it is a result of aging or weight loss, this skin can interfere with activities and make it difficult to wear certain clothing. The treatment for this is to remove the excess skin and, in some cases, fat, with a surgical procedure called brachioplasty.
This surgery is not appropriate for everyone. Although the incision runs along the inside of your arm, the operation does leave a scar from elbow to armpit that will be visible when your arm is not at your side.
For some patients whose skin is still firm, liposuction may be a more suitable alternative. This procedure leaves only very small incisions near the elbow, which are placed in normal skin lines.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. Burnett will mark the areas of excess skin. This skin is removed, in some cases, including skin of the armpit area for additional lifting and tightening in a vertical direction. Any excess fat can be treated with liposuction at the same time. The fat and skin are then stitched back together so that they can heal with a tighter, more streamlined contour.
After surgery you will have bandages applied and wear a compressive elastic “sleeve” for 3 – 4 weeks. There are few risks associated with this procedure. You will, however, have a long scar that should fade with time.
Stitches will be covered by surgical tape that will stay on until the sutures are removed or dissolve. You do not need to do anything to take care of the incisions.