Brachioplasty is an Arm Lift that tones and improves the upper arm contour. It removes sagging or droopy skin on the arms, due to aging or to a significant loss of weight. It may be combined with an arm liposuction to reduce the size of the arm.
This information sheet is issued by Dr Vincent Nguyen plastic surgeon in Paris, familiar with Arm lifts.
It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs, Social Security coverage and the costs of an arm lift surgery.
What is the indication for a brachioplasty procedure?
The main indication for a brachioplasty is moderate to severe skin laxity in the upper arm, with or without excess fat deposits.
As the skin of the underside of the upper arm (from the armpit to the elbow) is very thin and fragile and not as elastic as other parts of the body, it is more easily affected by aging and weight loss.
When the skin is loose and sagging, Liposuction alone won’t treat the problem of excess skin. Only an arm lift is able to correct the flaw.
Quelle est la cause des surcharges graisseuses localisées ?
Ce sont des surcharges de graisses qui ne partent pas, la plupart du temps, malgré la pratique d’exercice physique ou d’un régime alimentaire.
What’s the goal of an Arm Lift?
The goal of an arm lift is to remove excess fat (liposuction) and excess skin (arm lift) to tighten and reshape the arm.
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Does brachioplasty affect arm sensitivity?
Immediately after the surgery hyposensitivity or numbness may be experienced in the inner side of the arm but it disappears in the year following the procedure.
May skin of the arm sag again?
In case of severe loss of weight the skin may loosen again.
What scars does an arm lift leave?
First, there is liposuction: the fat is suctioned. It causes excess skin that is then removed. The size and the pattern of the incision lines depend on the excess of fat removed.
The incision scar may be vertical (longitudinal) along the inner arm or horizontal in the armpit folds or both.
When there is mild skin excess on the upper arm, the incision is hidden in the armpit folds and fades overtime.
This technique with simple postoperative recovery may be performed again in the following years if needed.
An incision line under the armpit and a short vertical incision line (less than 10 cm) on the inner arm may be combined to add the efficiency but also the inconvenience (scars) of both techniques.
What are the alternatives to an Arm Lift?
Rarely an arm liposuction as it only treats excess fat and creates excess loosen skin.