Fat accumulation in the upper arm is common, and Smartlipo liposuction can be a very effective way to improve the appearance and shape of this area. In some cases, there is simply too much redundant, hanging skin. If treated with liposuction alone, these areas may end up looking worse.
One option for improving this situation involves excising redundant skin after removing fat. This procedure is called a brachioplasty. This technique is done using local tumescent anesthesia combined with oral medications as needed and is performed in our bay area cosmetic surgery office.
After careful markings and photographs, tumescent anesthesia is injected and an appropriate amount of fat is removed with liposuction. Excess skin is then removed, followed by a detailed incision closure, the placement of wound dressings, and fitting of a recovery garment. While a scar does result after this procedure, it is placed on the inside of the arm, making it less visible.
While swelling and bruising may occur after brachioplasty, it usually resolves over several days to a week or more. Care must be taken to avoid stressing the wound by lifting heavy items or stretching the surrounding skin during the healing phase. This requirement may impact work and family commitments, so thoughtful timing of the procedure is best.
Are you a candidate for brachioplasty, or will Smartlipo or liposuction suffice? Schedule your complimentary consultation, and our cosmetic surgeon will gladly discuss your treatment options.