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Brachioplasty in Tri-Cities, TN

Do you have excess skin on your upper arm that has negatively affected your self-confidence? A Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, might be an excellent solution for you.

Brachioplasty is a type of plastic surgery that minimizes the saggy or batwing-like appearance of your upper arms by removing extra skin. Dr. Jim Brantner has been performing Brachioplasty surgeries at his plastic surgery center for decades and has helped many Johnson City, TN, residents feel confident about the appearance of their arms.

Contact our plastic surgery center by phone or email today to schedule a free consultation.

What Causes Excess Skin?

Weight loss and age are the leading causes of excess upper arm skin.

When you gain weight in your arms, your skin must stretch to accommodate this additional weight. But when weight loss occurs, your skin no longer has the elasticity necessary to shrink back to its original size on its own. The only way to remove this extra skin is through plastic surgery.

Skin elasticity also diminishes as you age. Older people may develop sagging skin as they lose muscle tone and weight over time.

    Who Is a Good Candidate for Brachioplasty?

    Individuals who have developed extra upper arm skin can often benefit from Brachioplasty.

    This procedure is the most common with people who have recently experienced dramatic weight loss due to exercise or diet. It is also popular with older individuals who have lost elasticity in their upper arm areas over time or experienced weight loss due to aging.

    You may benefit from an arm lift if you have:

    • Excess, saggy skin around your upper arm
    • “Batwings” when you extend your arm from your side
    • Loose skin elasticity in your arms

    The best way to know if you could benefit from Brachioplasty surgery is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brantner at his plastic surgery center in the Tri-Cities. He will examine the elasticity of your upper arm and review your medical history to determine your candidacy for this procedure.
    Contact our Johnson City plastic surgery center by phone today to schedule your consultation.

    Please contact us today at (423) 328-9000 to set up an appointment for a consultation with a cosmetic​ surgeon from our team.

    How Does a Brachioplasty Work?

    Dr. Brantner customizes every upper arm procedure to the patient’s individual preferences.

    Typically, he will make an incision in your upper arm and remove fat through liposuction. Then, he will smooth and tighten your supportive tissues and remove your excess skin. He may also insert small tubes to drain fluids during your recovery.

    The result of an arm lift plastic surgery is a clean, tight, smooth upper arm area. You will have a scar from the initial incision, but it should become less apparent over time, and applying sunscreen and scar cream can help. Many patients view this scar as a necessary trade-off to become more confident in their bodies.

    Are you interested in undergoing arm lift surgery? Contact our Johnson City, TN, center today to learn more about this procedure.

      Is Brachioplasty Painful?

      The Brachioplasty procedure itself is not painful, as you will receive general anesthesia before the process begins.

      After your arm lift, you will probably experience some bruising and swelling around your upper arm area. You may feel pain around your incisions as well. We will provide you with a prescription pain killer to help reduce your discomfort in the days following the procedure, and you can take over-the-counter pain medications for a few weeks while your arms heal.

        What Is the Recovery Period for an Arm Lift?

        The full recovery period for arm lift surgery is about four weeks.

        Patients should plan to take a few days off of work after an arm lift plastic surgery, as they will likely feel fatigued and be in some pain during this period.

        Within seven to fourteen days after the arm lift procedure, we will remove patients’ stitches and allow their incision to continue healing independently. Patients should avoid lifting any weight with their arms for at least a week after plastic surgery to help the efficiency of the healing process. They must also take particular caution for several weeks to ensure that their arms have plenty of time to heal.

        We give our patients specific instructions about any restrictions and recommendations during their arm lift recovery period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or through email.

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          You don’t have to be ashamed of your upper arms any longer. A Brachioplasty will provide you with lasting benefits, help you look and feel younger, and increase your confidence in your body. You deserve to feel beautiful in your skin, and Dr. Brantner can help.

          Contact our surgery center by phone today to schedule a free consultation.

          Phone: 423-328-9000

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