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An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a surgery designed to improve the appearance of the skin on the upper arm. The skin of the upper arm can begin to sag due to aging or genetics. People also often find that they are left with a great deal of excess skin hanging off the upper arms following substantial weight loss. If you are unhappy with sagging, excess skin on your upper arms, Denver area plastic surgeon Dr. Mouchantat can help tighten and tone your arms with an arm lift.
An arm lift by Dr. Richard Mouchantat:
An arm lift is a surgical procedure that addresses excess or sagging skin on the upper arm. During an arm lift, the sagging skin is tightened by removing excess skin and tissue. Small amounts of fat can also be treated using liposuction.
The arm lift procedure is done mainly to target excess skin on the upper arm. Sometimes liposuction can be performed during an arm lift to address excess fat in the area.
In order to perform an arm lift, Dr. Mouchantat must make an incision. Some patients will be able to have an incision placed under the arm, which may be less visible. Other patients will have an incision scar along the upper arm that may show when you wear more revealing clothing.
During an arm lift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mouchantat will make an incision in the skin of the upper arm or under the arm. He will tighten the skin of the upper arm by lifting the skin until it has a firm, taut appearance. Excess fat may also be removed at this time using liposuction. Any excess skin on the upper arm will be removed, and the incisions will be closed.
After your arm lift procedure, you will need to rest for several days. You will be unable to lift objects or exercise strenuously for a time after your surgery. You should plan to start walking and moving around by the second day.
You will need to follow Dr. Mouchantat’s instructions about how to care for your incisions as they heal. A follow-up visit will be scheduled to have your sutures removed.
Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal medications or vitamin E for 14 days prior to surgery.
Shower with Hibiclens for 3 days and the evening before and the morning of surgery, use a clean towel each time. Do not use the Hibiclens on your face at all, only on your body. Hibiclens is not safe to use near your eyes. Shower 48 hours post op using the remaining Hibiclens soap for the next few showers. Hibiclens is available at your pharmacy.
Wear comfortable clothes to the surgery center, avoid tops that pull over the head and slip on shoes are best.
Bring your history and consent paperwork with you to the surgery center.
Fill prescriptions and read the instructions before the day of surgery. Discuss your regular medications and birth control pills prior to surgery.
Do not drive yourself to the surgery center; you will also need a ride home and someone to care for you for at least 24 hours.
Eat what sounds appetizing; smaller portions more often may be more comfortable than full meals.
Take medications as directed, try to keep some food in your stomach before taking pain medications as they can cause nausea. Pain medications can cause constipation, take plenty of liquids and an over the counter stool softener such as: Colace or Senna Kot can help prevent problems. Milk of Magnesia as directed on the bottle is safe if you are constipated.
Rest, but do not be sedentary for extended periods, raise your legs and flex the leg muscles frequently while resting and walk for 5-10 minutes four or five times a day, around the house is fine. Rest with your torso supported in an elevated position and knees bent, such as in a recliner. Maintain this flexed position while sleeping as well in order to minimize the stretch on your incision.
You may move your arms gently throughout the range of motion, to 90 degrees of flexion at the elbows and no resistive exercise and no lifting more than 5 pounds with each hand. Move the hands, fingers and wrists frequently. You may re-wrap the arms as needed and after showers, compression is not necessary and may make your hands swell.
A gentle massage of tenderness or spasms in the muscles is OK.
You should take a shower in 48 hours from the surgery time unless your discharge paperwork tells you otherwise. Use the remaining Hibiclens for the first few showers. Wash right over the wounds and drain dressing taking care to keep the dressing intact.
Empty the drains and record the amount of fluid two or three times a day. Bring the record of output to your follow up office appointment.
If something doesn’t seem right to you, please call, we are happy to answer questions.
For more information on Arm Lift, give our office a call to set up your consultation with Denver board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mouchantat when you happen to be in Denver or the surrounding neighborhood. Our service areas include: Denver, Lakewood, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Arvada, Parker, Aurora, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Ken Caryl, Boulder & Westminster Colorado.
Our office is conveniently located 30 minutes away from downtown Denver, CO and Denver International Airport.