Brachioplasty | Arm Lift in Gainesville, FL

About Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty is the medical term for arm lift surgery. This cosmetic surgery performed by Dr. Poser corrects the appearance of upper arms where skin has become loose due to age or the sort of rapid weight loss that accompanies bariatric surgery. This type of plastic surgery in Gainesville, FL is best for patients who find that the sagging doesn't seem to be affected by diet or exercise. If you find yourself choose long sleeves when you go out, even on the hottest of Florida days, and that sagging skin on your upper arms has hindered your ability to enjoy activites such as swimming and other sports, then brachioplasty in Gainesville may be right for you.

Patients who've had problems healing from other surgeries are not good candidates for brachioplasty as they won't be eligible for the operation if they're subject to keloids.

Dr. Poser will be able to tell a patient if they are a good candidate during the initial consultation. He will also take a medical history and tell the patient to stop smoking if he or she does and to stop taking medications, vitamins or herbal supplements that can interfere with healing after the reconstructive surgery.

The Operation

Before the operation, the patient can be given local anesthesia and/or IV sedation. He or she will decide with Dr. Poser which type of anesthesia is right for them.

Your Gainesville plastic surgeon will then make an incision on the back or inside of the arm. The incision will reach from the underarm to just above the elbow. The skin and excess fat are trimmed. The fat can also be removed through liposuction. The remaining skin is then stretched over the patient's arm and stitched into place with absorbable sutures. A drain might be inserted at the operation site. Then, the area is bandaged. The operation takes about two hours.

After Gainesville Brachioplasty Surgery

Some bruising and swelling around the incision is inevitable, but some patients can see a difference in their arms even shortly after the procedure.

Removable sutures are removed five to 14 days after the operation and the patient will need to wear compression garment for about a month. The patient can go back to work after about two weeks and can resume more strenuous activities like sports after a month to a month and a half.

Most patients are very pleased with their slender and supple arms after recieving an arm lift in Gainesville, FL.