A brachioplasty (also known as an arm lift) is a surgical procedure to reduce the circumference of the upper arm by removing and tightening the loose skin. Dr. Gardenier may also suggest that liposuction be used to remove the excess fat deposits. Brachioplasty and liposuction procedures can be done together or individually to improve the “bat wing deformity.”

Benefits of an Arm Lift

  • Restores slim, attractive contours to the upper arms
  • Effective where diet and exercise have failed
  • Relief from irritation and chaffing of drooping skin
  • A better fit in eveningwear and short sleeves
  • Increased self-confidence in one’s image
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Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?

In general, good candidates are…

  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Have no major medical issues
  • Have realistic expectations for improvement based on their consultation
  • Unable to achieve cosmetic changes with diet and exercise alone
  • Those who have recently undergone massive weight loss
  • Suffering from the negative effects of aging

Arm Lift Before & After

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A brachioplasty will improve the appearance of the upper arm and will require a scar that can extend from the armpit to the elbow. These scars usually heal well after a period of wearing a compression garment. Liposuction if required will include very small incisions that can also be indistinguishable once healed. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions made by Dr. Gardenier may be limited. Underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures.

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The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following the procedure, although initial results may be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. Although the decision to have arm lift surgery is extremely personal, you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

However, carefully following the surgeons’ postoperative instructions greatly reduces the possibility of risk and complication following surgery. Dr. Gardenier will address any concerns you may have during your personalized consultation. If you would like more information on this procedure, please contact our Portland, Maine offices today to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Gardenier.

Where will my procedure take place?

Brachioplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis at our fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical suite in Portland, Maine using the latest equipment available. Since you will be receiving sedation, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

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