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Arm Lift

“Bat wings are for bats… how to get the arms you want.”

Common name – Arm Lift.. Technical name/also known as – Brachioplasty.

Benefits of an Arm Lift

For people who have lost a great deal of weight, the upper arms may have a significant amount of sagging skin often referred to as a bat wing. An upper arm lift makes it easier to fit into form fitting sleeved shirts. If the excess skin is located close to the armpit, a short scar arm lift may be performed in which the scar is hidden in the armpit with a small T-shaped extension towards the upper arm, otherwise, the scar runs along the inside of the arm.

How it is done: How the arm is lifted

This procedure removes excess skin and some fatty tissue at the upper arm in exchange for a scar. This scar is on the inside part of the arm close to where the arm rests at the side of the body. It will be visible with the arms exposed in short or no sleeve shirts.   This is typically performed in men or women with history of large weight loss. This operation improves contour, but the visible scar makes this operation undesirable for many people.

Upside

For a misshapen arm with significant excess skin, brachioplasty helps restore the shape of the arm. Patients report fitting better in sleeved shirts, especially fitted ones.

Downside

Scar. Scar. Scar. The scar will be permanent. It will be visible in short sleeved or sleeveless shirts and dresses. The scar may also be wide, pink, thick, and otherwise unattractive.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

3-4 hours, depending on extent of procedure.

Anesthesia used

General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.

In or out patient

Generally a same day or outpatient procedure. If done in combination with a another operation, an overnight stay in the hospital might be required.

Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain. Sensation of the skin may be different initially. Dog ears or excess skin at the end of the scar may occur but can be removed in the office at approximately six months post surgery to allow swelling to resolve.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with the appearance of the arms, asymmetry, inability to remove all stretch marks, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

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“Patients love the contour of their arms and the way their clothing fits.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell

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Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain. Sensation of the skin may be different initially. Dog ears or excess skin at the end of the scar may occur but can be removed in the office at approximately six months post surgery to allow swelling to resolve.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with the appearance of the arms, asymmetry, inability to remove all stretch marks, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

 

Recovery time

If healing proceeds as expected:

Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise) or until drains are removed. Outsource housework and child care while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out.

Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks or once drains are removed (whichever is last), but no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six weeks

Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery

Returning to Work

This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many women can return to sedentary work at three to four weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.

Length of results

Long lasting, especially when diet and exercise regimen are maintained.

 

Other information

A sleeved garment will be worn after surgery to help hold dressings in place and reduce swelling.

Your appointment with Dr. DeLuca-Pytell

When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t forget: it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

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