Individuals who wish to target excess, sagging skin that has lost its elasticity only on their arms can undergo arm lift surgery at our Albuquerque practice. Also known as brachioplasty, arm lift surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper arms. The procedure is a great way for individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight to restore a leaner, more youthful appearance to the upper body.
The Arm Lift Procedure
During the arm lift procedure, Dr. Gallegos creates strategically placed incisions on the arms that will result in minimal amount of post-surgical scarring. The location of the incisions is determined based on the specific cosmetic needs and goals of the patient. He then uses liposuction techniques to eliminate excess fat in the area. Next, he pulls the skin on the arms taut and trims away any excess. Finally, he closes the incisions with sutures. The result is a slimmer arm contour.
Arm Lift Results and Recovery
Patients who have undergone arm lift surgery should expect some swelling, pain, and discomfort after the operation. However, Dr. Gallegos can prescribe medication to ease any pain. Patients should go home and get plenty of rest after surgery. Gauze bandages can be removed after a few days, and patients are advised to refrain from showering for two days. Patients are also revised to refrain from lifting heavy equipment or engaging in any activity that involves strenuous use of the arms for a few weeks. Scarring is inevitable after arm lift surgery; however, the scars will fade over time. Most patients feel that the cosmetic benefits of arm lift surgery far outweigh the disadvantages of having a few light scars. Patients are generally pleased because arm lift surgery allows them to wear tighter clothing and raise their arms without embarrassment.
Interested in a Arm Lift
If you are interested in a body procedure, such as an Arm Lift, please contact our Albuquerque and Santa Fe-area practice, Hermosa Plastic Surgery, for a consultation. Dr. Miguel Gallegos would be happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and identify factors that may affect the final results of your breast surgery.