Last updated on Nov 4th, 2015 at 02:25 pm

Arm tissue relaxes with age, gravity and weight loss. The drooping of skin is due to stretching of the anchoring system of the arm and loss of supporting fat volume. Brachioplasty (arm reduction surgery) can remove excess tissue and reduce the circumference of the upper arm.  

An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty surgery eliminates tissue redundancy and reduces arm circumference. Most Plastic Surgeons believes that aesthetic procedure of the upper extremity is indicated on patients with arm lipodystrophy and skin redundancy resulting from massive weight loss. The patient must be willing to accept an extensive scar in exchange for a superior upper extremity contour.  

The arm lift procedure â?? what it entails

Surgical correction depends on the amount of extra skin and how loose the supporting tissues have become. Extra skin is removed from incisions along the inner arm. The incision must be placed where the tissue can be best tightened but the incision must be well hidden as well. There could be some swelling during the immediate post-op period but it usually subsides after several weeks. This is done under general anesthesia with hospital admission for a few days. Sutures are removed on the 5th or 10th day after the procedure. Elevation of the arm regions with pillows increases comfort. 

What to expect from your plastic surgeon 

Plastic Surgeons are appropriately termed Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons. However they are now increasingly being called Plastic Cosmetic Surgeons. The surgeon cannot call himself a plastic surgeon unless he can do both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. 

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It is through years of formal training that Plastic Surgeons are able to acquire and equip themselves with the knowledge and skills that are required in private practice, such as knowing all possible options for a patient inquiring for a cosmetic procedure, being able to predict the end result and being able to evaluate if patients are good candidates for the cosmetic procedure they want. And most importantly knowing the complications of any cosmetic and reconstructive procedure and being able to address any complication which may arise. 

Patient safety and quality results should be your surgeonâ??s priority. Take the opportunity to discuss all your options with a certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon before committing to the procedure. Any cosmetic plastic procedure should be a worthwhile and extraordinary experience for both the patient and surgeon, if this is done safely.  

Cosmetic surgery is a decision that must not be taken lightly

As simple and easy as it may seem (according to your Plastic Surgeon), there are very important things that one has to keep in mind before plunging into that pool of youth and beauty. Everybody wants to have that extra boost of self esteem and confidence and achieve that timeless beauty through the best possible post-operative results with the least complications. Make sure that you are aware of what your procedure is all about before you embark on your quest for physical perfection.