Brachioplasty or arm lift plastic surgery is a procedure designed to improve the contours of the upper arms and tighten the loose skin and muscles. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the steps involved the procedure, and address their questions and concerns related to the surgery.
Brachioplasty is usually completed in about one to two hours, and the procedure steps may slightly vary depending on the type of technique used. Proven and astute cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brachioplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other neighborhoods across the landscape.
Anesthesia or Sedation
Once the patient is ready to be operated for arm lift, the first step will be to administer anesthesia or sedation. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, the surgeon will choose general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist, which may remain present throughout the surgery to monitor patient’s response.
If IV sedation is used, it will induce a ‘twilight sleep’. The patient will be technically conscious, but not properly aware of the procedure and will typically not remember anything once the surgery is over.
Once the patient is under the effect of anesthesia, the surgeon will create markings on the elbows, arms and armpits according to the pre-determined arm lift cosmetic surgery plan. The type of arm lift surgery technique and the extent of surgery to be performed will determine the length, location, and direction of the incision lines.
The goal of the surgeon will be to keep the incisions discreetly placed so that subsequent scarring is minimally visible. In some cases, the incisions may be entirely concealed within the armpits, or may extend down the inside of the arms in the most discreet locations possible.
Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening
Depending on the presence of stubborn fatty tissue in the upper arm area, the surgeon may use liposuction as an adjunct procedure to eliminate excess fat. Tumescent technique may be used to suction out the unwanted fat in a less invasive manner through the incisions.
Excess skin will then be trimmed away, and the incisions will be brought together to create a smoother and firmer arm contour. Finally, the remaining skin will be smoothly re-draped over the new arm contour. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for arm lift surgery.
Once the arm lift surgery is completed the, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with an aim to minimize scarring and enable faster healing. The sutures may be placed under the skin, where they will be gradually absorbed by the body.
The surgeon will then apply a sterile dressing to cover the incisions and place a compression garment. Temporary drain tubes may be placed beneath the skin in the incision areas for a few days.
The patient will be brought out of anesthesia and moved to an observation area for a few hours. Most patients can return home the same day of the surgery.
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