Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty involves the following procedure.

  • Removing excess skin and fat.

Both weight loss and age-related skin laxity can lead to a loss in upper arm definition. Patients are often self-conscious and tend to avoid revealing clothing. The arm lift procedure removes excess skin and fat, restoring an aesthetically pleasing contour to the upper arm.

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Arm Lift Brachioplasty

About The Arm Lift Procedure

All procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

What Should I Expect?

During the consultation we will focus on creating a treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. We will discuss your current exercise regimen, diet and history of weight fluctuation. In this way, I can properly counsel you on the expected long-term results as the arm lift procedure is most successful once a stable weight has been achieved.

We will discuss the techniques for skin removal and concurrent lipocontouring to decide on the treatment strategy that is right for you. A delicate balance between maximum skin removal and unrestricted arm movement must be reached. It is paramount that we discuss incision location and expectations following the procedure so that you leave the consultation well informed and ready to undergo your transformation.

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Donald Mowlds, MD

The arm lift procedure is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California, USA. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is used to ensure maximal comfort and safety. The procedure typically lasts 3 hours depending on the degree of shaping required.

The incisions are disguised in the inner portion of the arm and armpit, minimizing long-term visibility and distortion.

Donald Mowlds Surgery

Patients are discharged home the same day and generally experience minimal discomfort. I ask my patients to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy labor for 6 weeks following the procedure in order to ensure optimal healing. During this period of recovery, patients wear a compression garment that limits the post-operative swelling and contours the healing tissues. Most patients find that this garment offers them reassurance and support.

The results are expected to be long lasting provided patients maintain an active lifestyle and avowing fluctuations in weight.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

In most cases, the arm lift is performed using an incision that begins in the armpit and extends along the inner arm to a point just above the elbow. When the arms are against your side, this scar is not visible from the front or the back. In cases where skin excess is limited to the upper arm and armpit, a scar in the armpit may be all that is required.

I typically place one drain in each arm to assist with fluid egress during the first couple of days following surgery. Please monitor and record the drain output daily as this will determine when your drains can be safely removed. If they are removed too early, fluid accumulates beneath the skin causing a seroma, which is managed with frequent needle aspirations.

Dressings on your arms will apply compression to control swelling and limit your movement. You can expect soreness that will resolve in the days following surgery. It is important that you restrict use of your arms to prevent tension on the healing incisions. You will be transitioned to a compression garment that will be worn for 6 weeks to further control swelling as well as mold the final contour.

Patients are instructed to avoid heavy lifting and raising their arms past shoulder height for 6 weeks post-operatively in order to limit tension on the healing incision. Tension is the enemy of scar quality, so adherence to this restriction is crucial to achieving a well-healed, narrow flat scar.

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