What is a brachioplasty? Somebody was talking about it on this site, and I don't know what it means.
What is a Brachioplasty?
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Brachioplasty is the Medical Term for Arm Lift
Brachioplasty is the term used to describe an arm lift. The procedure is used when one develops loose skin in the upper arms, sometimes also referred to as "bat wings". From El Paso, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
As mentioned below, a brachioplasty is commonly known as an arm lift, and it is a trade off of a better contoured arm with significant scars. The scars are positioned in a location to try and hide them but they will always be visible.
Brachioplasty can be a very good operation for people who have lost significant amounts of weight. Insurance, unfortunately, does not typically cover an arm lift.
I hope this helps.
Brachioplasty and Arm Lift: Reducing unwanted skin and fat
Brachioplasty procedures are becoming increasingly common with massive weight loss patients. The decision to perform a brachioplasty is based on the following criteria:
- Amount of skin redundancy
- Amount of volume excess - fat in the upper arms
- Quality of the skin
Options for surgery include a vertical scar along the inner arm, a crescent scar hidden in the armpit, or a combination of the two. In patients with a history of poor scars, the procedure is generally avoided. However, in patients with a tendency to heal with clean scars, the results are amazing.
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Brachioplasty is an "arm lift"
A brachioplasty is an "arm lift" procedure done to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm. Other than in patients who have had massive weight loss, this procedure is relatively rarely performed because of the rather visible scars that are involved. The skin in the upper arm is very thin and the scar, while carefully placed in the inseam of the upper arm, has a tendency to spread and become wide and unsightly despite the surgeon's best efforts. This is still acceptable in patients who have a serious excess of skin, but often is a sticking point in patients who only have a moderate skin excess.
Definition of brachioplasty
"Brachio" comes from the Greek language indicating upper arm. "Plasty" comes from the Greek language indicating "to mold or to form". Therefore, brachioplasty is molding or re-shaping of the upper arm.
There are several different types of brachioplasties. Some patients have minimal fat deposits in the upper arm and wish for improved arm contouring. These patients have excellent skin tone. These patients are classified has Type 1 arms. Often, these patients can be treated with liposuction alone.
Type 2 patients have excess skin and fat in the upper 1/3 to 1/2 of the upper arm. In the lower 1/2 or lower 2/3 of the arm, these patients have excellent skin tone and minimal arm fat. These patients can be treated with a crescent brachioplasty or a limited T-brachioplasty . In the crescent brachioplasty, upper arm skin and fat is removed in a crescent fashion. This arm scar is usually well hidden in the axillae. In the limited T-brachioplasty, a crescent area of skin and fat is removed in the armpit. The incision is also extended approximately 2 to 4 inches down the inner arm. The resulting scar looks like the letter "T".
Type 3 patients have excess arm skin and fat from the armpit to the elbow. These patients require a longitudinal medial arm lift. During this procedure, an elliptical area of arm skin and fat is removed from the inner arm. To maximize scar concealment, the incision should be placed between the biceps and triceps.
Type 4 patients have excess skin and fat of the upper arm and forearm. These patients require an incision from the axilla to the wrist. Excess skin and fat is removed from the upper arm and lateral forearm.
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What is brachioplasty?
What is a brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty for Excess Skin Fat & Sag of the Upper Arm
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that’s designed to address excess skin and fat of the upper arm. This procedure typically involves an incision that’s made from the elbow to the armpit. Excess skin is removed in both the transverse and vertical dimensions with this procedure.
The procedure is effective for removing excess arm skin and creates a more shapely arm. Unfortunately, brachioplasty is often accompanied by adverse scarring.
If you’re considering this procedure, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a plan that’s appropriate for you.
Brachioplasty or Arm Lift
Brachioplasty means 'arm molding.' It is an arm lift.
There are 3 kinds, depending on the problem in the arm.
1. Liposuction - if the arms are heavy but skin is snug.
2. Long scar arm lift - uses an incision from armpit to elbow. Used to remove arm tissue hanging from elbow to armpit. Excellent operation. Remember the scar is long and may be visible.
3. Short scar arm lift - uses an incision hidden in the arm pit to tighten loose upper arm tissue. Little skin and fat removed. Easy operation - but will not fix heavy arms.
Arm Lift and Brachioplasty Explained
Candidates for Surgery
Candidates for an Arm Lift also called a brachioplasty procedure, have excess skin hanging from the upper arms creating the “bat wing” effect. This may be because of weight loss or genetic reasons.
Reduce the amount of excess, sagging skin and fat on the arms to create a slimmer arm contour. The results are highly dependent on the expertise of the Plastic Surgeon and one of the reasons that many patients choose our practice. This procedure allows many patients to feel more comfortable in sleeveless clothing.
Incisions are placed in a subtle location on the underside of the arms, between the armpit and the elbow. General anesthesia is usually used for this procedure. The length and location of the scar is dependent on the location of the unwanted and excess soft tissue. The unwanted skin is removed to reveal the arm’s natural shape. In many cases, liposuction is used to remove excess fat to enhance the natural contour of the arm. If there is limited fat and loose skin close to the arm pit then a short scar technique leaving the final scar in the arm pit may be possible.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.