Brachioplasty, also known as upper arm tuck, is the surgery that is done to remove excess skin from the arms. In most cases, individuals that receive this surgery have vast amounts of weight, which has left sagging and drooping skin on their arms. Other individuals may have arms that are disproportionate to the rest of their body. As we age, our skin on our upper arms begins to sag, which is another reason for this type of plastic surgery. Many bodybuilders as they stop working out due to age, they begin to notice this sagging of the skin on their arms.
Before the Brachioplasty, your doctor will talk with you about the pros, cons, the procedure, recovery, and any side effects you may be concerned about before the surgery.
The procedure begins with the surgeon making an incision along the underarm and down to the elbow. The scar kind of looks like a capital T. From this incision, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat. In some cases, a tube is placed just under the skin. This tube can be removed in about one week from the date of the surgery.
Yes, this method will leave a scar down the inner part of your arm from your underarm to your elbow. According to your body, excess skin, and fat, another process may be available. Some patients can opt for the technique in which the incision is only made under the arm. This incision would only be seen when wearing sleeveless clothing. However, this method will only work for individuals with a borderline excess of skin. Other patients may do great with liposuction along, whereas others will need more evasive surgery. To know your options, you should discuss the situation with your physician and surgeon.
Brachioplasty is not a procedure that includes liposuction. In some cases, it can be combined if needed. This is a question you will need to ask your doctor.
Brachioplasty is often chosen over other methods as the scarring if often minimal even if it is from the underarm to the elbow and because the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay. On the other hand, if you need additional procedures done as well, you may have to stay overnight. You should discuss this once again with your surgeon.
After Brachioplasty, you will be able to use your hands, but you should not perform any activity that exerts the arms for about one month. Some patients need compressive dressings to place under the arm for the first few weeks after the surgery. You may also experience numbness or swelling around the incision or in the hands. However, this should disappear quickly. You will need to be off from work for around three to four weeks and possibly longer if your job requires any lifting.
All surgeries have risks, and Brachioplasty is not different. Some of the risks involved in this type of surgery include scarring, infection, discomfort, bleeding, and in some cases, difficulty healing. Some hazards that are usually temporary include swelling in the arms and hands and numbness in the arms and hands.
The cost of a Brachioplasty can be anywhere from $4000 to $6000. If you also include other procedures such as liposuction, the price will, of course, go up. Some insurance companies will cover this type of surgery, while others do not cover plastic surgery. You can talk with your surgeon if your insurance company will not cover the costs and see if he has a payment plan available.
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