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Short Scar Brachioplasty-Arm LiftA short scar arm lift is a specific type of  brachioplasty.  This technique leaves a less visible scar on the arm than a traditional arm lift.  During your consultation, Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque or Dr. Patterson will explain all your options and together you will decide if this type of arm lift is right for you.

Typical Timing/Age

40-70

Problem

Moderate excess skin and fat of the arm may be treated with a short scar brachioplasty. Minimal skin excess with primarily fat excess may be effectively treated with liposuction alone.  More significant skin excess is best treated with a traditional brachioplasty.

Procedure

Through an incision in the armpit, moderate excess skin and fat are removed from 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 moderate amounts of skin and fat from the arms to improve contour.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia or Local Anesthesia in the office.

Recovery

Hospital stay

No hospital stay is required.

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, it peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.

Bruising

Should subside within 1-2 weeks.

Inherent Risks & Complications

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

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, Dr. Patterson

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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