What is a Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms. The goal is to achieve a more toned and proportionate appearance. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals who have sagging skin due to significant weight loss, aging, or genetic predisposition.

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Types of Brachioplasty:

Extended Brachioplasty:

This approach is for individuals who have significant excess skin that not only affects the arm but also extends into the side of the chest. The incision for an extended brachioplasty usually starts near the elbow and continues to the armpit, then extends along the side of the chest. This type of brachioplasty is common among individuals who have undergone massive weight loss.

Mini Brachioplasty:

Ideal for those who have a smaller amount of excess skin located near the armpit. The incision for a mini brachioplasty is made within the confines of the armpit, making the resultant scar less visible. This method is suitable for individuals whose skin laxity is limited to the upper portion of the arm.

Posterior Brachioplasty:

This procedure addresses the skin laxity at the back of the arms. The incision for a posterior brachioplasty is made on the inner, back portion of the arm, which makes the scar less visible when the arms are at the sides. It’s beneficial for individuals who are concerned about the appearance of the back of their arms, especially when wearing sleeveless outfits.

Why Plano Plastic Surgery?

At Plano Plastic Surgery, excellence is our standard. Both Dr. Haidenberg, with his 16 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, and Dr. Yaker, the celebrated force behind Plano Plastic Surgery, have dedicated years to perfecting aesthetic surgeries—from breast augmentations to rhinoplasties and liposuctions. With them, you’re not just opting for transformative results but also genuine care and understanding. Our approach is personal—tailored to every patient’s concerns and desires.

How It’s Done

The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Once the patient is adequately sedated, the surgeon makes a carefully planned incision. The length and pattern of this incision primarily depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. For minimal skin excess, the incision may be concealed within the armpit. However, for more substantial skin removal, it could extend from the elbow, along the inner or back portion of the arm, and sometimes even onto the side of the chest.

Following the incision, excess fat in the arm can be directly excised or treated with liposuction. After fat removal, the underlying supportive tissues are tightened and reshaped using internal sutures. The skin is then smoothed over the new arm contour and excess skin is removed. The incisions are closed using absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within a week or two after the surgery. The entire procedure is meticulously done to ensure minimal scarring and optimal arm contouring.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Candidates for brachioplasty are individuals who:

  • Are in good overall health and free from any conditions that might impede healing.
  • Have significant upper arm skin laxity.
  • Are at a stable weight and not significantly overweight.
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit pre- and post-surgery.
  • Hold realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes.


360 Body Lift Recovery and What to Expect

The recovery process for PAL is typically smoother than that of traditional liposuction, thanks to the advanced techniques utilized.

Immediate Post-Operative Phase:

During the initial hours following surgery, patients may experience some grogginess due to anesthesia. Mild to moderate pain, swelling, and bruising are common. The surgeon will usually prescribe pain medications to alleviate discomfort. Drains might be placed near the incision sites to help remove any accumulating fluid.

First Week:

Compression garments or bandages will likely be wrapped around the treated areas to reduce swelling and aid in the skin’s retraction. It’s essential to keep the arms elevated as much as possible during this period to minimize swelling. Light walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation and prevent potential blood clot formation.

Mid Recovery Phase (Week 2-4):

Stitches will either dissolve or be removed by the surgeon during this period. Patients can usually resume light daily activities, but it’s crucial to avoid any strenuous tasks or heavy lifting. The majority of the swelling will have subsided by the end of this phase, but some residual swelling may persist.

Weeks 4-8 (Long-Term Recovery):

Most patients can return to their regular exercise routines, albeit gradually. It’s essential to listen to your body and not push it too hard. Scarring will start to fade, but it’s a gradual process. Continued use of scar treatments or silicone sheets, as recommended by the surgeon, can aid in making scars less noticeable.

Potential Side Effects:

As with any surgery, potential side effects include infection, unfavorable scarring, numbness or change in sensation, and fluid accumulation. Regular post-operative check-ins with the surgeon will help monitor the healing process and address any concerns.

Final Results:

By about six months, the treated area should look and feel more settled. The full results, including scar maturation, can take up to a year or more. It’s crucial to maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle to enjoy the benefits of the procedure for many years to come.