Upper Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) – La Jolla & Encinitas, CA

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About Arm Lift Surgery

A frustrating side effect of losing weight or getting older is the appearance of loose skin. At Schoemann Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty) as a procedure for anyone who cannot seem to tone and tighten their arms with exercise and diet alone. Loose skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for women and men who are advancing in age or have lost weight. As residents of California, our team understands the importance of being able to show-off your arms with confidence. Dr. Mark Schoemann, a La Jolla, CA double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, is very skilled in skin tightening and fat removal techniques. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can alter the contour of your arms, please schedule a consultation at Schoemann Plastic Surgery today.

Ideal Candidates

An arm lift is an aesthetic surgery which uses innovative techniques to slim the arms and remove extra skin. For many, the back of the arm is one of the first areas to get loose and flabby. In most cases this is genetic, and there isn’t anything you can do for it at the gym. If you avoid sleeveless clothes because of your flabby arms, you are an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery. You should be in good overall health before undergoing this procedure, so that your body will heal well. Some of the top concerns for patients who want an arm lift are excess, hanging skin on the upper arms, and lost tightness of the skin. It is imperative that you are at or near your goal weight prior to your procedure, to help maintain your results.

Surgical Technique

Typically, your upper arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are scheduled to be performed at the same time. An arm lift can be added to other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), like a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or thigh lift — if Dr. Schoemann decides it safe. Arm lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The sagging skin will be surgically excised from the elbow up to the underarm. The incision will be made to be as concealed as possible, but it will leave a visible scar. If liposuction is required to remove stubborn fat, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured in place. You will need to keep the incisions sanitized, covered, and in compression garments.

What to Expect

Your recovery period will last around two weeks with lots of elevating the arm. Permit yourself time to heal. You use your arms for many things, so patients are encouraged to ease their way back into their usual routines. An appointment to remove sutures will be made around ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Schoemann. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, all strenuous activity must be avoided, with the exception of short walks. If you have excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please call Schoemann Plastic Surgery for help.

Get Back Your Shape

If you are experiencing "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, Dr. Schoemann can help to restore your confidence with plastic surgery. This advanced procedure offers emotional and physical benefits as well. If you are at or near a healthy weight and cannot eliminate the flab and skin that hangs from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mark Schoemann at Schoemann Plastic Surgery. Feel younger and fitter with arm lift surgery.

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