What is Brachioplasty / Arm Tuck?
Commonly referred to as an arm lift, brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that removes loose skin from the upper arm. Procedures of this type are often utilized to help reshape the upper portion of the arm after the individual has undergone a significant weight loss, or the skin has lost its elasticity. Brachioplasty helps to restore a reasonable range of proportion and skin tone.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Brachioplasty/ Arm Tuck?
If you are considering brachioplasty / arm tuck, you will make a good candidate if you:
- have realistic expectations about what the brachioplasty / arm tuck can do for you
- are in good health, emotionally stable, and do not have any pre-existing medical conditions
- You are not obese, and must have maintained a stable weight for several months
- are 18-years-old, or older, and fully understand the brachioplasty / arm tuck procedure
Initial Consultation for Brachioplasty / Arm Tuck
A personal consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery is the very first step if you are considering brachioplasty / arm tuck.
During the consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Liland will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your expectations about brachioplasty / arm tuck, and the likely outcomes of the procedure.
You will also be able to ask questions, and discuss the available options and risks involved with the brachioplasty / arm tuck procedure.
In our Dallas office, Dr. David Liland will show you several pre and post-op photos of the brachioplasty / arm tuck.
Brachioplasty / Arm Tuck: The Procedure
The repair involves an incision along the inner arm to the elbow. Sometimes a short scar in the armpit is possible.
General anesthesia or sedation is used to perform a brachioplasty / arm tuck.
Pre & Post-Op Tips for Brachioplasty / Arm Tuck
- Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, vitamin E, weight loss medication, or Chinese herbs for two weeks prior to surgery. A complete drug list will be provided on your pre-op appointment date.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You CAN NOT take a taxi home. You must arrange for an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the brachioplasty procedure.
- Do not smoke for at least four weeks prior to the surgery.
- Keep head elevated on several pillows to minimize swelling.
- Apply cold to decrease bruising and swelling for the first two days. (Try frozen peas.)
- Driving is permitted after a few days, if not taking pain medications.
- Avoid heavy lifting, straining or bending over, for two weeks.
- You may resume all normal activities after four weeks of the brachioplasty procedure.
Specific recommendations will be discussed when you arrive for your consultation at Park Cities Plastic Surgery in Dallas.