Arm Lift Detroit
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the upper arm, reducing skin redundancy that makes clothing fit improperly or makes you feel uncomfortable in short sleeves or sleeveless tops.
Brachioplasty surgery can markedly improve the appearance of your arm. The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity all contribute to a loss of tone in the arms as we age.
Dr. Lytle approaches arm lifts to meet your specific needs. This means adequately assessing the excess skin and excess fat. Each of these components will determine which procedure is best for you. The incisions required are determined by the severity of your condition. Minimal skin excess may be treated with an incision in the armpit alone. Moderate laxity is treated with an incision from the armpit to the elbow. Most patients fall into this category. More severe cases are rare and may require extension of the incision past the elbow onto the forearm.
If you are planning or anticipate a significant loss of weight in the future, it is probably best to postpone your arm lift until after this has occurred to optimize your results.
Following arm lift surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many also find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.
After Your Procedure
Brachioplasty surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.
You should plan to take it easy following your surgery. No strenuous activities, heavy lifting (over 10 pounds), aerobic exercises, swimming, contact sports, tennis, or golf should be planned for the first three weeks. As Dr. Lytle monitors your recovery, he will advise you when it is safe to resume specific activities.
You should plan to wear the compression garment for six weeks following surgery. Dr. Lytle will remove the drainage tubes when the drain output has lowered to a safe level.
The Results You Can Expect
You will notice an improvement in your arm contour immediately. However, your shape will continue to improve in the following weeks as the mild swelling subsides. You should be up and walking the day following surgery, although your arm will be sore for several days. You should able to resume your normal daily activities within several days following surgery, and you should be able to resume all of your physical activities within three weeks of surgery.
Starting approximately 2 weeks after your surgery, you will have a 2 or 3 massages by our licensed massage therapist. This will be a lymphatic draining massage performed to decrease the amount of swelling and to improve the lymphatic drainage.
“I look at my “before” photos and can’t believe I waited so long. Now I can finally wear dresses without a bra, and I’m proud of how I look in a bikini.”
- Natalie T.