The skin on the upper arms can begin to hang as a result of aging or significant weight loss. An arm lift (brachioplasty) can restore the arms to a thinner, tighter, more youthful appearance. Top Salisbury plastic surgeons Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have a great deal of experience performing successful arm lift procedures. Note that if you desire to thin your entire body, you should undergo a weight loss and exercise program prior to any surgery.
GOALS OF AN ARM LIFT
Thinner, more attractive arms with tighter skin
Arms with more muscle definition
Greater self-confidence when baring the upper arms
CANDIDATES FOR BRACHIOPLASTY
Individuals who have excess skin hanging from their arms, which might be due to weight loss from dieting, exercise, gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, liposuction, or maturity
Individuals with fat deposits on their arms
What to Expect at your Consultation
Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time. You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.
The Brachioplasty Procedure
Drs. Pellegrino and Perrotta perform brachioplasty on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. They place the incisions on the inside surfaces of the arms so that any scars will be hidden as much as possible. Excess skin is then removed. If excess fat is also to be removed, liposuction is performed on the arms at the same time. Drains are not necessary after an arm lift. Our staff then dresses your incisions and places an elastic garment on your arms.
You can go home the same day wearing the dressings and the elastic garment. Any initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication. Swelling and bruising subsides within 2-3 weeks, and you should be able to return to work and other activities within two weeks after your surgery. Sutures either dissolve on their own or may need to be removed in 3-5 days during a post-operative visit. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.