Mom quit waving your arms! If you’ve heard it once, you will never forget it. Today, you can do something about the excess skin you keep hiding in long sleeved tops. Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Patty Young with Premier Plastic Surgery of Texas shares her thoughts on an arm lift, commonly called a Brachioplasty.
“A Brachioplasty is a procedure to reshape and provide improved contour to the upper arms. Although the term Brachioplasty is commonly used to describe a specific procedure for the upper arms, it can also be used to describe any surgical arm contouring,” says Dr. Young.
The procedure is used to reduced excessive loose skin and fat of the upper arms when this area has not responded to diet and exercise. Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity cause our upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. If you have undergone massive weight loss and have excess skin on your upper arms hanging skin referred to as “bat wings,” it’s time to do something about it. Bat wings are certainly not a suitable reward for the efforts involved in losing so much weight. Brachioplasty is a common procedure that over the last ten years has grown enormously in popularity, growing by more than 4,000 percent!
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision on the inside or the back of your arm, which may extend to your elbow. Skin and excess fat are removed; liposuction can also be performed at this time. The procedure is completed by reshaping the underlying tissue and suturing the skin back together again.
You’ll notice a smooth, tighter and thinner arm right after your procedure. Most patients experience swelling and bruising for several days after; a compression garment will be worn to help minimize swelling and bruising. You will need to rest your arms and hands for 2 to 3 weeks before continuing normal routines.
Dr. Patty Young is a Plano Texas Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Young is Medical Director of Premier Plastic Surgery of Texas. Named Top10MD 2014/15/16 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Patty Young, click on her profile or call her office at 972-398-1131.