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Recontour Sagging Arms

Some people suffer from a condition where excess fat deposits or excess skin on the upper arm make it difficult for them to perform simple tasks. Sagging skin and tissue on the upper arms occurs due to weight gain and other reasons.  Dr. Kenneth Hughes, Los Angeles plastic surgeon, performs a brachioplasty or arm lift to help remove the excess tissue and skin and help improve the shape of the arms.

What Is a Brachioplasty

A brachioplasty, also called an arm lift, is a procedure designed to remove excess fat build up and excess skin on the areas of the upper arm and armpit. The surgical procedure, which is performed by Dr. Kenneth Hughes on a regular basis, trims away excess skin and stubborn fat deposits on the upper arms.

Not only will the arms have a better shape, they will also look youthful and healthy. This process is common for people who have lost massive amounts of weight in the past.  These patients frequently suffer from loose, saggy skin that just won’t go away.

The procedure tightens the supportive tissues that define the shape of the arms. Localized fat deposits on the upper arm region can also be addressed through this process.

Preparing for Brachioplasty Surgery

There are several steps you may need to take while you are prepping for the surgery. One of the most important steps is quitting smoking and drinking for a few weeks before and after the procedure. This will help facilitate a smoother and more efficient healing process.

Concerns about the surgery and medical history should also be discussed.  Lab work and medical clearance, if necessary, will be obtained prior to surgery.  Dr. Kenneth Hughes will make an informed decision based on these parameters.

The Brachioplasty Procedure

During the procedure, your surgeon will mark the places on the arm where the incisions will occur. The most common process involves making incisions on the inside of the arms. Some surgeons make incisions in the armpit or from the top of the elbow to the armpit.

Local or general anesthesia is given based on the complexity of the procedure and surgeon’s preference. Using the marks made, the surgeon reshapes and tightens the tissues on the arms. The skin is pulled over the tissue and the incision is closed. The process usually takes about 2 hours to complete.

Brachioplasty Recovery

No strenuous or vigorous activity is advised for six weeks after the operation. These steps are very important to avoid any complications such as incision separation, scar widening, poor healing, and the chance of infections.

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