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Do those arms of yours that do so much lifting need a lift of their own? Excess fat and loose tissue can give many regions of the body a flabby appearance, and one of the most obvious areas where this happens is the upper arm. The flabby problem may be due to weight fluctuations, genetics, and the simple fact that not everything stays as firm as we'd like as we get older. A brachioplasty at Grand Rapidsí Bengtson Center addresses this, so nothing wobbles or flaps any more when you raise your hand to wave hello to a friend or reach up to adjust your hair.

A brachioplasty is also known as an arm lift, because it literally pulls up the unwanted sagging tissue to give you a more toned and tightened look. Dr. Brad Bengtson performs this procedure on men and women alike, giving patients a new sense of confidence—and excuse to wear short sleeves.

What Goes Into a Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty specifics depend on the individual patient and the amount of skin and fat to be removed, which can be determined at an initial consultation. The incision for procedures that are larger in scope may run along the back of the arm or along the inner arm. In cases where less skin is to be removed, the incision will consist of a smaller line in the armpit.

The incision gives your doctor access to remove unwanted fat with liposuction and position tissues to be held in place with internal sutures. Once the arm is resculpted, the skin will be draped back in place to reveal new, sleeker contours. Excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with care to minimize scarring.

Though you will experience some initial swelling after your brachioplasty, the results will be immediately visible and will continue to improve in the weeks following the surgery. You may have small tubes inserted to help with drainage at first, and may initially have to wear bandages that keep the area compressed.

Brachioplasty results are long term and are best maintained by patients who keep their weight stable.

More Tightening Procedures

A brachioplasty is not the only procedure available to lift and tighten loose tissue on the body.

A tummy tuck addresses a bulging belly by removing fat and sagging skin, as well as tightening lax abdominal muscles. A butt lift can improve a drooping derriere, while a breast lift can make a pair perky again.

Any of these procedures can be combined for a total body rejuvenation, especially for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are dealing with skin that stretched to accommodate the fat but won't conform to new, slimmer contours. The body lift is a customizable set of surgeries that gives slimming attention wherever it's needed, including the areas mentioned above, as well as thighs and hips.

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