A brachioplasty or ‘arm lift’ combines liposuction with incisions in the inner arm and armpit to tighten the surrounding skin producing slimmer, more appealing arms. The procedure targets the inner aspect of the upper arms – an area that is resistant to most forms of exercise, including weight training.
The operation involves a combination of skin and fat excision, along with liposuction. The targeted area is marked out and liposuction performed to reduce the fat in this region. The excess skin is then carefully excised to ensure that the scar is positioned in as inconspicuous a site as possible.
The surgery is performed under general anesthetic and takes Dr. Kim 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete. There is minimal pain and this can be well controlled with oral analgesia.
Most patients will need 1-2 weeks recovery time off work. You will be required to wear a garment that aids in the control of swelling and wound healing for up to 6 weeks following the procedure.