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The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA is pleased to offer brachioplasties to patients in Northern Virginia. We understand it can be frustrating to exercise for hours every week and not be able to tone hard-to-reach areas like the upper arms. With a brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, excess upper arm skin is removed and tightened to create a more defined or athletic look. This procedure often combines liposuction as well to reduce stubborn fat pockets.”
A personalized brachioplasty by our skilled team of Reston plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, has a host of positive aesthetic and functional benefits, including:
While weight loss can cause sagging skin to appear on the arms, some loose arm skin can also be a result of genetics. This makes it very difficult to tone the upper arm to an individual’s desire. When diet and exercise fail to tone the upper arm, an arm lift can create outstanding results.
Ideal candidates for a brachioplasty exhibit:
At our practice in Reston brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia, and the incisions typically run from the elbow to the armpit area. This allows extra skin on the upper arm to be removed and a scar to be placed from armpit to elbow. The scar can be longer or shorter depending on the amount of excess skin and any other procedures you may also desire at the same time.
Arm lift scars may be tapered into a breast lift or breast reduction to help remove stubborn armpit fat at the same time. This surgery takes about two hours and there is usually no need for an overnight stay unless the patient desires it or if the patient is having multiple other procedures. Reston arm lift patients should be prepared for temporary swelling and bruising after the surgery. To promote healthy healing and blood circulation, the arms should be kept elevated. Patients can usually return to normal activities in about 3 – 4 weeks. Final results are seen at 3 – 4 months.
For best results, a brachioplasty may require liposuction of the fat deposits within the upper arm to make the final look slim and trim.
During your consultation for a brachioplasty Reston plastic surgeons will discuss the best course of action given your skin health and condition. Keep in mind that arm stretch marks are often removed along with the extra skin, but if weight is regained, it could damage the treated area. An arm lift gives patients the opportunity to have more defined arms for years to come. As long as your weight is kept stable, your arm should age along with the rest of your body to maintain a shapely result.
It's common for patients who want a brachioplasty to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may combine liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or a breast lift. An arm lift is also commonly done as part of an after weight loss surgery plan for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and want full body contouring. During your consultation with a member of the Austin-Weston team, complementary surgeries can be discussed so your custom surgical plan can be developed.
A brachioplasty requires incisions in order to excise loose skin, which leads to stitches and scarring. However, your surgeon in Northern Virginia will make every effort to use small, thin incisions placed in less visible areas. Following your arm lift, topical creams to assist in scar healing are typically recommended along with other tips for minimizing scarring. We also recommend you limit UV exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the overall benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
A brachioplasty is used to correct hanging skin and stubborn pockets of fat. You should follow a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise to avoid a significant change in your weight, which might undo your results. After your lift surgery, as soon as your arms are fully healed and your Austin-Weston surgeon has given permission, you can begin strength training. This is a good way to add shape to your upper arms by toning and strengthening the muscles.
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