Some patients develop severely loose skin of the upper arms. This is sometimes referred to as “bat wings.” Removing the excess skin along the inner aspect of the arm, from just above the elbow extending into the axilla (“armpit”), can treat this problem. The surgical procedure usually takes between 2-3 hours with a recuperation time of 1-2 weeks.
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1) Mini-brachioplasty – is a procedure limited to an excision just in the axilla( armpit) . Indications- This is best in the individual with some laxity in the proximal upper arm closest to the axilla. This can usually be combined safely with liposuction of the remaining arm as well. Disadvantages- it will not treat laxity further down the arm.
2) Full brachioplasty – is a procedure that is performed for excision of excess skin and fat from the elbow to the upper arm. The incision can be placed along the inner arm surface( medially) or along the back (posterior) of the arm. Usually liposuction is not performed at the same time because of delayed healing risks. Indications- for laxity of skin and treatment of excess fat of the upper arm from elbow to axilla. Disadvantages- It does not treat laxity along the lateral chest, but limits the incision to inner arm only in most cases.
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3) Extended full brachioplasty – is a procedure that is performed for excision of excess skin and fat of the arm and lateral chest extending from the elbow to the axilla and then across the lateral side of the chest to remove redundant tissue. Liposuction of this area is usually not performed at the same time because of delayed healing risks. This is more common for patients with massive weight loss. Indications – for laxity of skin and treatment of fat from the elbow up through the armpit and extending onto the lateral chest. Disadvantages- longer incision from elbow through armpit extending onto lateral chest but gives improved contour of armpit and lateral chest as well.
If you would like more information about Dr. Wallach and his success with New York City Brachioplasty procedures, we hope that you will not hesitate to contact our Manhattan offices at (212) 861-6400 or by mail at 1049 5th Avenue, Suite 2D in New York, NY 10028; or using our contact form to request additional details.
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