Brachioplasty refers to a cosmetic surgical procedure in which excess skin, fat, and tissue is removed from the under arms to tighten, slim, smooth and reshape the overall upper arms. Your surgeon will assess the area through consultation and give you a guide in what to expect should you decide to undergo the surgery.
Prior to entering the operating room, your surgeon will meet with you to mark up your arms as a guide for the surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you will have and the intended goal, an incision will be made along the inside or back of the arm. The surgeon will then use a variety of techniques to tighten, smooth, lift and reshape the arm. Once complete, the surgeon will close the incisions with stitches. During recovery, you may need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. In some cases, a temporary drainage tube is used to let excess fluid drain from the area. In most cases, patients can return to work and school in two weeks and full recovery for all activities should come at about 6 weeks.