About this Treatment
An arm lift in Toledo, or brachioplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure that reshapes and improves the upper arm and underarm areas.
This is done by reducing excess fatty collections, removing excess sagging skin, and then re-positioning and lifting the upper arm and adjacent tissues.
What It Is
Aging, weight gain or loss, and heredity can cause imbalance, sagging and loss of proportion of the upper arms and underarm areas. Although exercise is recommended and important, it cannot correct these changes. Aesthetic surgical techniques involving precise removal of excess fatty collections and skin redundancy combined with repositioning and supporting the tissue of the upper and underarm areas are the most effective and lasting procedures to restore natural appearing and youthful contour. EVOLV Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics firmly believes in the importance of improving skin health to optimize the result and longevity of any aesthetic procedure.
What It Treats
Upper arm and underarm skin sagging, laxity, and loss of youthful contour
Excess fatty collections of the upper extremity
Loss of balance and proportion of the arms
- 3 - 3.5 hours
- 2 - 3 weeks
- General or IV
- Youthful Contours Restores balance and proportion to the upper arm.
- Reduced Sagging Skin Reduces sagging skin and tissue of the underarm and upper arm areas.
- Lifted Skin Lifts and supports the skin and deeper tissue of the upper arm.
- Removes Excess Fat Removes excess fat pockets and collections in the arm and underarm region.
- Treatment Options Lesser fat deposits with minimal skin laxity can be treated with non-invasive office procedures EMSULPT and Exilis Ultra, or less invasive non-surgical options Vaser Liposuction and Renuvion JPlasma provide skin tightening without longer surgical incisions if skin and tissue laxity are limited.
How Arm Lift Works
As with all aesthetic surgical procedures at EVOLV Plastic Surgery, the arm lift or brachioplasty work up involve complete evaluation, examination, discussion of goals, and creation of a personalized and comprehensive surgical plan. Photo documentation and planning incision location options and extent are also considered. Patient photos are reviewed, and choices discussed considering recovery time, costs and desired expectations and results.
Arm lift surgery is done in an accredited outpatient surgery center under either a light general or intravenous anesthetic administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist and experienced licensed nursing staff. Revisions or minor procedures may be done in some cases in the office procedure room under a local anesthetic with oral sedation.
Brachioplasty or arm lift incisions will depend upon the amount of skin and tissue laxity to be corrected. Incision placement is planned in the undersurface of the upper arm where it is less noticeable. Excess fat removal by ultrasonic (Vaser) or power assisted liposuction is done initially through small access incisions typically within the skin to be removed.
After the planned anesthetic is administered, a dilute solution of adrenaline and lidocaine (tumescent solution) is perfused throughout the tissue and fatty excess to be removed. This is essential to reduce bleeding and discomfort, allowing lower levels of general or intravenous anesthetic and to cool the tissue for Vaser treatment. After fatty excess is removed, the appropriate amounts of skin and tissue excess is excised from the upper arm and axilla if needed, and then the remaining skin and deep tissue repositioned and anchored for support. Typically drains are not needed. Long-acting nerve blocks (Exparel) for prolonged post-op comfort are placed, and a mildly compressive dressing is applied to complete the procedure.
You will return to the office in a few days after surgery for your first dressing change. You will see the visible improvements immediately and they will continue to get better as swelling and bruising subside. Post-operative therapeutic treatments with lymphatic massage, LED LightStim bed treatment and other proven modalities will be available to reduce discomfort and downtime. We will give you specific instructions and recommendations on activities and care of the operative site at each visit. Your final brachioplasty result will be a rejuvenated upper arm and axillary area that is youthful, balanced, and natural in appearance and improves quality of life.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
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Frequently Asked Questions
Your Safety Matters.
It is important to remember that the training and experience of your plastic surgeon and staff are the most important criteria in achieving safe and natural appearing results with arm lifts.
Patient safety and natural appearing results are the major priority for every procedure at EVOLV Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics.
In addition to plastic surgery residency and achieving board-certification, Dr. Barone completed advanced fellowship specialty training and research in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery and medicine. Dr. Barone is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which admits only board-certified plastic surgeons who have achieved recognition and expertise in aesthetic surgery and medicine. Dr. Barone has conducted clinical research, published numerous articles, and served as a lecturer and instructor for other plastic surgeons and companies.
All major cosmetic surgical procedures at EVOLV Plastic Surgery are performed only in a fully accredited surgical center with experienced and licensed staff. Candidates considering arm lifts at EVOLV are thoroughly evaluated and fully informed and prepared for the procedure. Both pre- and post-operative education and guidance along with specific therapeutic services to reduce swelling and downtime are emphasized to improve safety and outcomes and to reduce potential complications.