This is an excellent procedure for those suffering from sagging, drooping arms associated with massive weight loss, poor genetics, or with the aging process. While diet and exercise are an important component of any healthy lifestyle, they are not always sufficient for toning the upper arms when there is such a degree of arm ptosis. Therefore surgery may present the best option for improvement, as results are considered permanent and long lasting. Please read more about what to expect from the procedure below and to how to achieve the best arm lift Maryland has to offer.

What is a Brachioplasty (arm lift)?

Brachioplasty treats excess skin, fat, and contour irregularities of the arm, smoothing and pulling the skin to achieve a tighter, more toned look. Brachioplasty is a powerful operation that may be performed in conjunction with breast surgery, abdominoplasty, a back lift, and liposuction. There are different approaches to brachioplasty depending on patient presentation, with scars varying from those falling in the crease of the underarm; to scars that travel between the underarm and elbow; to an approach developed by Dr. Shermak that extends from the arm down the side of the chestwall and even into the breast area for a composite, comprehensive approach to the upper body. The approach taken is agreed upon by the patient who will understand how to best achieve his/her goals.

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Details of the Arm Lift Procedure

Our Baltimore arm lift is performed under general anesthesia at our Baltimore outpatient medical center and usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours. During the operation, Dr. Shermak will surgically excise superfluous skin and tissue that contributes to a sagging contour. Dr. Shermak will close the incisions with sutures, dress the arms with compressive bandages, and place the client in our recovery suites to begin healing, prior to discharge to home about an hour later.

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Who is a good candidate for brachioplasty?

Good candidates for brachioplasty are men and women in good mental and physical health who are non-smokers. Brachioplasty applies to massive weight loss patients and to individuals who suffer from loss of skin elasticity due to age, sun exposure, pregnancy or heredity.

Brachioplasty may be combined with abdominoplasty, liposuction, a back lift or breast surgery to rejuvenate the entire torso. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve the desired result.

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What is the recovery like for brachioplasty?

Surgery may be performed as an outpatient or with an overnight stay at a local hospital. One may experience discomfort, swelling, and numbness. Patients are up and walking within hours of surgery, but require recuperation for several weeks. Most resume regular activities and return to work after 2 weeks.

Swelling and numbness may take months to resolve. Dr. Shermak will fit you with a compression garment and fluid drains, which will be removed shortly after the procedure. These are in place to facilitate a seamless recovery and to ensure that your arms maintain their new shape.

Maryland arm lift patients are advised to sleep with their arms elevated on pillows for about 7 days, as this may help to minimize swelling. It is also important to avoid putting undue pressure on the arms at first, so it may be prudent to find a friend or family member to help with chores and childcare.

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Next Steps – Scheduling A Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore, Maryland plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, discreet arm lift consultation today. During this session, the doctor will ask you what you like and dislike about your upper arms, examine your body, and record your detailed medical history along with any previous cosmetic treatments. This is a great time for Dr. Shermak to answer all your questions and concerns in depth, as she believes an educated, well-informed client makes for the most successful outcomes.

In addition, Dr. Shermak will invite you to view our online library of before and after photographs for former Baltimore arm lift clients. If you do not immediately see photos that speak to you, do not hesitate to ask for more.

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