Brachioplasty or more commonly known as an arm lift is a surgical procedure on the upper arm between the elbow and the armpit.
As we age, the skin loses its elastic properties, and begins to sag. This problem is more common in women than it is in men because of the muscle structure in the arms. Many women go to the gym to try to resolve this problem, yet there are limits to how much this can help because of the differences between men and women. This sagging is there naturally, yet when a candidate is aging or there is severe weight loss, these sags are far more pronounced.
At the time of the procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Zuriarrain will mark out the areas where the incisions will be. Depending on the extent of the excess skin and tissues the surgeon will remove, these incisions will be on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm. For extreme cases, they may reach from the axilla (underarm) to the elbow.
During the arm lift Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Zuriarrain can use two processes to remove the excess tissues. This can be through excising or he can use liposuction. Here, he will insert a cannula into the incisions, and with back and forward motions, dislodge the excess fat, and then suck it from the body.
Once removal of the fat and skin has reached the desired levels, supportive tissues will be tightened, and the Dr. Z will smooth the skin back over the new defined contours before closing the incisions. Either absorbable sutures or stitches, which will be removed after two weeks, are used.
If you’re excited to make the leap and talk about your surgery, you want to find a surgeon and a team that you can trust! Our certified and trained surgeon will discuss with you getting started on the journey to becoming your true self. There’s no time like the present to start making your first steps towards the best arm lift Miami can offer. We are happy to speak with you anytime about scheduling a consultation.
Just like other forms of plastic surgery. Dr. Z holds a consultation in his Miami, FL clinic for all candidates. Even if your procedure is not as in-depth as others are, there are still things he needs to know about you.
One of the first things to determine is if you are a suitable candidate for a brachioplasty. He will examine the areas of the arm and other auxiliary areas. Reasons for wanting this procedure vary from not being able to wear clothes with short sleeves, clothes don’t fit correctly, and in some instances, there are hygiene issues to resolve. As the doctor will explain, there is some trade-off between your new contours and possible scarring in the area.
Dr. Z will run through your medical history for past conditions, or medications and supplements you may be taking, which can cause complications or affect the results. One of the last steps of the consultation will be the taking of photographs. These are for further reference to determine the areas of work, and they make up the before and after pictures every patient has.
There will be swelling and bruising, yet results are noticeable immediately and will come more defined as swelling reduces. Patients may have small drain tubes inserted for up to ten days to collect excess blood and fluids.
To encourage healing and help reduce swelling, patients need to wear compression bandages for the first few weeks. Patients can return to daily operations, although any strenuous activity needs avoiding for the first four weeks. Signs of major scarring will subside, yet there may still be faint signs showing after a few months.
Miami arm lift patients find the results are long-lasting, and as long as a steady weight is maintained, you can regain confidence and start to wear the types of clothes you desire.
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