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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

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There are generally three types of candidates for whom brachioplasty could be a beneficial procedure; the first group are young women with arms that are out of proportion, and don`t fit short-sleeved shirts and blouses. They usually have firm skin, and just want to bring their arms into proportion with the rest of their body. This can be easily corrected with liposculpture.The second group consists of middle-aged men and women looking to turn back the signs of aging a little. They typically have a moderate amount of loose skin and tissue thickening. The incision can usually be hidden in the crease of the armpit depending on the extent of the loose skin. Sometimes the incision may need to be made a short way down the arm. The third group of people that can significantly benefit from brachioplasty are men and women, of any age, who have lost a considerable amount of weight. Weight gain will stretch the skin, and weight loss will leave skin loose and redundant. With this procedure, the incision is made right down the arm, from the arm pit to the elbow. There will be a faintly visible scar, but this will fade in time and is usually considered a small price to pay.

Surgical Procedure

Your surgeon will first mark the area of excess skin.Then after the anaesthetic is administered, incisions are made on the inner and under arm, usually in a zig-zag pattern. Skin is usually cut off in an elliptical or triangular shape. Fatty tissue is often suctioned at the same time. After the loose skin and fat have been removed, the remaining skin is stretched and sutured into place. Occasionally a drain is used to lead excess fluids from the site of incision, allowing the skin better to adhere to the tissue beneath. The incisions are then bandaged

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