Arm Lift Pensacola, FL

An arm lift, also call brachioplasty,  is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in the United States.   Drs. Butler and Leveque can help you “go sleeveless”  without self consciousness.

Arm Lift

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Typical Timing/Age

40-70

Problem

Significant excess skin and fat of the arm. Minimal skin excess with primarily fat excess may be effectively treated with liposuction alone.  More moderate skin excess may be effectively treated with a short scar brachioplasty.

Procedure

Through an incision in the armpit and down along the inside of the arm, excess skin and fat are removed.  Because the arm is a cylinder, tightening the skin on the medial side of the arm will tighten the skin all the way around the arm. A brachioplasty is usually combined with arm liposuction to remove more fat and further improve the contour of the arm.

Goal

To remove excess skin and fat from the arms to improve contour.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight, healthy, nutritionally replete with good protein stores and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia.

Recovery

Hospital stay

Most patients choose to go home the day of the procedure.

Assistance

You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself.  The pain medications and arm compression garments will make it difficult to care for others and unsafe to drive a car during the early recovery period.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

You may shower 48 hours after surgery.

Exercise

Light exercise is ok 2 weeks after surgery.  Regular exercise after 4 weeks.  Arm exercises after 6 weeks.

Sex

Wait 2 weeks because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure or stress your incisions during the early healing period.

Work

1 week or less depending on your type of work.

Swelling

Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.

Bruising

Should subside within 1-2 weeks.

Follow-up Appointments

1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.

Inherent Risks & Complications

Contour irregularities, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Poor scarring, Bleeding, Seroma, Numbness, Infection, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque

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