Clouds are giving way to the sun as winter turns into spring, making brachioplasty a more popular choice than ever before. As the heat kicks up a notch, sweaters and jackets are replaced with tank tops and summer dresses. But if you’re still hesitant about revealing your arms in public, an arm lift may be exactly what you need.
In Spring of 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons produced an Infographic with details regarding brachioplasty. According to the study performed by Harris Interactive, upper arm lifts were up more than 4,000 percent in 2012 since 2000. And in the most recent 2013 cosmetic plastic surgery statistics from the ASPS, arm lift surgery is up an additional 2 percent.
What is Brachioplasty?
It’s a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove and tighten excess skin. This excess skin in the upper arms is usually attributed to gravity, the passage of time, weight loss, or it could even be hereditary. Regardless of its cause, you don’t have to live with it.
Arm Lift Surgery Procedure
The length and pattern of the incision will be discussed thoroughly in a consultation* with your board certified plastic surgeon. When a larger amount of excess skin is to be removed, an inner arm incision along the length of the upper arm may be made, or a back of arm incision from the elbow to the base of the underarm or axilla may be called for. If there isn’t as much excess skin to remove, a minimal incision may be made at the underarm.
Absorbable sutures or stitches are used to close the incisions, and can be removed within a week or two after the procedure. A surgical garment will be necessary for several weeks allowing the swelling and bruising to subside. There may be some pain or discomfort following the surgery, so medication will be prescribed to lessen the pain. But as long as you don’t perform any strenuous activities, brachioplasty recovery should be a smooth process.
How Soon Will You See the Results?
Results will be evident immediately following the surgery, as you’ll be able to see the new contours in your arms. Since there will be evident swelling and bruising following the surgery, it may take several weeks to see the final shape of your arms. By that time you’ll be able to see your new, shapely and toned upper arms and be ready to share them with the world outside, under the sun all summer long.
If you’re ready to take the next step with brachioplasty and talk with a board certified cosmetic surgeon in Baltimore, MD contact us today.
Contact: The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland (410) 616-3000