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Brachioplasty
Am I A Good Candidate?

Also known as an arm lift, brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that restores the shape of the upper portion of the arm, from the armpit to the elbow, where stubborn fat and excess skin is usually most problematic.

There are a number of factors that can lead to deposits of excess fat and sagging skin in the upper arm. Aging is typically the most common; over time, the skin loses elasticity and pockets of fat become more difficult to eliminate. Heredity, weight loss, and dramatic weight fluctuation can also lead to excess skin and fat in the upper arm.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR BRACHIOPLASTY?

You may be a candidate for brachioplasty if any of the following apply to you:

  • Sagging skin under the upper arm
  • Loss of shape and definition in the upper arm
  • Excess deposits of fat in the upper portion of the underarm

Candidates for brachioplasty should be in generally good physical health, non-smokers, and not have any medical conditions that impede the healing process. If you believe that you might be a candidate for brachioplasty, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION

During your consultation, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your aesthetic goals. Your surgeon will examine your arms and discuss treatment options based on your aesthetic goals and body type. Be prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any preexisting medical conditions and previous surgeries.

Your plastic surgeon will review the entire process with you, through recovery and including any potential risks associated with brachioplasty. If you have any questions that are not covered by your surgeon, the consultation is the best time to ask.

HOW BRACHIOPLASTY IS PERFORMED

After general anesthesia is administered, the plastic surgeon will make incisions, usually on the inner part of the arm or underside of the upper arm. Depending on the extent of the procedure, the incision may run from the armpit to just above the elbow.

If excess fat is an issue, the plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove fatty deposits before reshaping the underlying tissue of the arm and tightening muscles. Internal sutures are used to hold the tissue in its new shape. The skin is then contoured over the arm, and any excess can be removed. The incisions will then be closed with absorbable sutures.

RECOVERY AFTER BRACHIOPLASTY

The results of an arm lift will be apparent almost immediately following the procedure. Your arms may be wrapped in compression bandages to minimize swelling and help the tissue maintain its new shape. A drain may be placed at the incision sites to remove any excess fluid.

Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication and issue specific instructions for post-surgical care. Swelling and bruising is normal following a brachioplasty, and will usually subside in four to six weeks after the surgery.

POTENTIAL RISKS OF BRACHIOPLASTY

Any surgical procedure involves some potential risks. The risks associated with brachioplasty may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hematoma (blood clot)
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scarring

At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we take every precaution to avoid potential complications by employing the safest and most innovative techniques. You can further reduce the potential for risk by carefully following all instructions from your plastic surgeon, both before and after a procedure.

WHAT DOES BRACHIOPLASTY COST?

Although costs will vary according to geographic area and specific procedure type, the general cost of blepharoplasty in the United States is around $3,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago always provides a detailed breakdown of costs after an initial consultation. If the reason for undergoing eyelid surgery is a functional one, your health insurance provider may cover some of the cost. You should contact your insurance company before scheduling an appointment with us.The average cost of brachioplasty in the United States is around $4,250, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, this expense can fluctuate depending on your geographic location, the plastic surgeon performing the procedure, and the extent of your aesthetic goals. Be sure to discuss all associated costs with your surgeon during your consultation. Most medical insurers will not cover the cost of brachioplasty because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

If you are bothered by excess fat or sagging skin on your upper arms, brachioplasty may be the best option for you. Call the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic surgery of the body. We will walk you through every step of the procedure, and will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.

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