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Brachioplasty (Upper Arm Lift)


Weight fluctuations, including dramatic weight loss, aging and even heredity can often lead to lost skin elasticity and weakened tissues in the upper arms causing them to have a loose, sagging appearance. Exercising may improve the muscle tone in the area but in most cases, it can not address the excess skin and fat. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can reduce this disproportionate amount of hanging skin while reshaping the underlying area of the upper arm, from the underarm to the elbow. The result is smoother, firmer contours and a toned, shapely appearance.


How is a Brachioplasty performed?

A relatively simple, outpatient surgical procedure, brachioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia and can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures including liposuction. The location of the procedure is determined by the extent of laxity in the upper arm. In the least severe cases, some patients will require a well-hidden incision, which is strategically placed within one of the creases in the axilla, or armpits. In other cases, where there is severe laxity extending down to the elbow, an incision will be required starting from the axilla, which will extend towards the elbow to different degrees, as deemed necessary. The position is well-hidden with the arm in a relaxed position. Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Golshani, utilizes a deep fascia repair technique to minimize scar visibility or thickening. Post-operative care usually requires a significant period of compression using a special garment. A drain may be left in place for a few days which will be removed by Dr. Golshani in the first post-operative visit.


Where do I begin?

A consultation with Dr. Daniel Golshani is your first step to learn how an arm lift can improve the shape of your upper arms. Dr. Golshani's consultations are designed to educate you about the surgical procedure and will include a discussion of your goals, the likely outcomes, and any risks or potential complications associated with the procedure.


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