Arm Lift Brachioplasty
For many men and women, an overall toned aesthetic is desired, and the upper arm is one area of the body in particular that people seek a slimmer, more defined appearance. Whether resulting from the typical signs of aging or a dramatic weight loss, a brachioplasty, or arm lift, can help patients achieve their ideal figure. At Dr. Daniel C. Mills Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice in Orange County, CA, he understands this pursuit, and strives to help each patient reach their cosmetic enhancement goals.
Your Personalized Arm Lift Surgical Plan
After reviewing his patients’ medical histories and performing a physical examination, our Orange County board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mills, will formulate and discuss the plastic surgery options available during the initial consultation. For a brachioplasty, small incisions are used to reduce the amount of skin around the upper arm, often in conjunction with liposuction to remove any stubborn fat pockets. Dr. Mills will discuss the best option for each patient based on their specific needs, and then customize a surgical treatment plan to help them achieve the body they desire.
Two weeks prior to surgery, patients will meet with our pre-operative patient coordinator, where she will review all pre-operative instructions with our patients. She will also ensure that all necessary lab tests and health screenings have been completed. If the patient happens to be a smoker, she will advise that smoking be stopped two weeks before the procedure, and not resumed until two weeks following the surgery. In addition, there are certain medications and supplements that will need to be halted for the same period of time, to ensure proper healing and recovery. This appointment will also be the final chance for Dr. Mills’ patients to address any questions or concerns before the procedure.
About Arm Lift Surgery
On the day of the procedure, patients should allow for two to four hours for the entire procedure, from check-in to recovery. From the moment each patient enters the facility, they will be cared for by Dr. Mills’ experienced surgical team, which includes a nurse anesthetist, a registered nurse, and a surgical technician. The group is committed to providing each patient with the best care possible until they are discharged, and are able to do so because many of them have worked together with Dr. Mills since he began his Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice.
Each patient should have a responsible adult pick them up and bring them to the facility on the morning of the procedure, then pick them up following. Additionally, this person should be available by phone throughout the procedure, and should plan on being with the patient for several days following. Once the patient returns home, Dr. Mills encourages his patients to walk around the house at various intervals throughout the day to increase circulation and support the recovery process. Activity should be limited outside of light walking and moving around, and any strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks after the surgery.
After Your Arm Lift Surgery
Once the final sutures have been removed, typically within several weeks of the brachioplasty, Dr. Mills’ patients are able to increase activity. However, recovery time varies depending on each patient’s medical history and the extent of the procedure. Throughout the process of recovery, Dr. Mills will monitor each patient’s progress to ensure the optimal recovery plan is in place, and adjust as necessary. Patients can expect some bruising and swelling, but these symptoms should dissipate within several days to a week. Any additional pain during the recovery period can be managed through medication. While Dr. Mills’ patients recover, they may notice that the incision area becomes red within three to six months following the arm lift. While this is normal, and Dr. Mills places the incisions in areas that are easily covered by clothing, the redness should disappear as recovery continues.
Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation
Dr. Mills is confident he can provide his patients with slimmer, fitter arms following dramatic weight loss, or in response to the natural loss of elasticity of the skin. Contact the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice in Orange County, CA today to schedule a consultation regarding a brachioplasty.