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Brachioplasty in Houston, TX

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Houston Brachioplasty at Paul F. Fortes MD Plastic Surgery

Seeking an arm lift procedure in Houston to achieve the toned, sculpted arms you've always desired? Dr. Fortes and our team has extensive expertise in brachioplasty, the surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms, resulting in a more contoured and youthful appearance. We understand that brachioplasty is a personal decision, and our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process, from initial consultation to post-operative care. We take the time to understand your goals, concerns, and aesthetic preferences, ensuring that your brachioplasty journey is tailored to your unique needs.

Achieving Arm Perfection

What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is the term for the surgical procedure to reduce excessive upper inner arm skin. Dramatic weight loss, aging, and genetic predisposition...

are among the factors that create sagginess of the upper arm, often referred to as a “bat wing” deformity. The specific operation to correct a bat wing deformity depends on the extent of the redundant skin. Full brachioplasty removes skin from the level of the armpit to the elbow. The full operation is the best option to correct the most severe cases of bat wing deformity. Despite the longer incisions, full brachioplasty scars are not typically visible when the arms are down. By contrast, short-scar brachioplasty is effective only in cases where the redundant arm skin is moderate and confined to the upper third of the arm. A shorter scar is less visible and more desirable in those patients who are good candidates for a short scar operation. Brachioplasties are often combined with other operations to correct redundant skin from dramatic weight loss. Like other plastic surgery procedures, brachioplasty is always customized to the individual patient's specific needs.

Redefined Arm Aesthetics

What are the Benefits of Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a surgical solution often sought by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or noticed skin elasticity loss due to aging. This procedure offers a wide range of benefits, including a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, increased comfort, psychological advantages, and functional benefits. This means that the procedure not only enhances the arm's appearance but also increases comfort levels, boosts self-esteem, and improves overall physical function.

The primary goal of brachioplasty is to provide a more defined and shapely contour to the arm, which can significantly improve one's appearance and body image. Removing excess skin can also reduce discomfort, chafing, and irritation, especially during physical activity. This means that individuals who have undergone brachioplasty can enjoy a more active lifestyle without the hindrance of excess skin.

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Brachioplasty can also help to improve physical function by allowing for greater freedom of movement. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin that restricts their movement. The procedure can restore mobility and make daily activities, such as lifting and reaching, more comfortable and less challenging. Brachioplasty is an effective and safe way to enhance one's appearance, improve physical function, and boost self-confidence.

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Transforming Arms,
Transforming Lives

Your Brachioplasty Consultation

Scheduling a brachioplasty consultation with Dr. Fortes in Houston is the first step towards achieving your desired arm shape and improving your overall appearance. During this initial meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals, expectations, and concerns with Dr. Fortes, a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon with extensive experience in brachioplasty procedures. Dr. Fortes will thoroughly evaluate your medical history, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. He will assess the extent of excess skin and fat in your upper arms, determine the appropriate surgical technique, and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. He will also address your questions and concerns, ensuring you are fully informed and comfortable with deciding to proceed with brachioplasty. In addition to the physical examination, Dr. Fortes may request pre-operative photographs to document your current arm contour and help plan the surgical incisions. He will also provide detailed instructions on pre-operative preparation, including dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and smoking cessation.

Sculpted Arms, Renewed Confidence

Your Brachioplasty Procedure

Brachioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. The procedure typically takes two to three hours and involves the following steps:

Marking and Anesthesia

The surgeon will mark the incision lines on the underside of your arms, aligning them with the amount of skin and fat to be removed. General anesthesia will then be administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Incision and Tissue Removal

The surgeon will make an incision along the marked lines, extending from the armpit to just above the elbow. Excess skin and fat will be carefully removed, ensuring that the remaining skin is smooth and taut.

Tissue Repositioning and Suturing

The remaining skin will be repositioned and tightened to create a smoother, more contoured appearance. Internal sutures will be used to secure the skin in place and prevent sagging.

Closure and Bandaging

The incisions will be closed with sutures or staples, and dressings will be applied to protect the surgical sites. Compression garments may also be recommended to minimize swelling and support the newly contoured arms.

Toned and Tightened

Brachioplasty Results

The visible results of brachioplasty are evident immediately following the procedure. The tightened and contoured appearance of the upper arms is noticeable, though initial results may be obscured by swelling and bruising. These temporary effects typically subside within a few weeks, allowing the final results to emerge. Full and optimal results from brachioplasty are typically achieved within six to twelve months. This time frame allows for complete healing, scar maturation, and skin settling into its new contour. During this period, the swelling subsides completely, revealing the true extent of the skin tightening and fat removal.

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The longevity of brachioplasty results depends on various factors, including weight maintenance, skin elasticity, and lifestyle choices. Maintaining a stable weight and engaging in regular physical activity can significantly prolong the positive effects of the procedure. Additionally, following sun protection guidelines and avoiding smoking can help minimize scar visibility and maintain the youthful appearance of the arms.

Improve Function

Brachioplasty Recovery and Aftercare

Brachioplasty recovery is a crucial period that requires careful attention and adherence to your surgeon's instructions. During the initial recovery phase, focus on rest, elevation, pain management, compression garment wear, and proper incision care. Gradually resume light activities and gentle arm exercises as instructed by your surgeon. Maintain a healthy diet and attend regular follow-up appointments for optimal healing and long-lasting results.

Brachioplasty Frequently Asked Questions

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with brachioplasty. These risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Numbness
  • Pain anesthesia
  • Seroma (fluid collection)
  • Open wounds
  • Nerve injury

Good candidates for brachioplasty are individuals who:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure
  • Are willing to commit to the recovery process

Care You Can Trust

Place your trust in deserving hands. Explore state-of-the-art options and design your personalized treatment plan with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes. Your best results are within reach.