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Brachioplasty is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. Brachioplasty is the medical term for "arm lift" and it is done to remove lax fatty tissue from the underside arm area between the elbow and shoulder. A Seattle arm lift surgery also improves the shape and contour of a person's arms. When arm lift procedures are done by a leading cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Javad Sajan, the results can be more natural-looking arms that remain shapely for years.

Changes To Your Arms

Time and hereditary conditions alter the elasticity and appearance of our body's tissues. Flaccid and flabby upper arms seem to sneak into our lives. They affect people with very healthy lifestyles and exercise programs and people who have lost a significant amount of weight (including patients who have undergone a gastric bypass procedure). Perhaps you've noticed:

  • Exercise and diet don't reduce stubborn fatty deposits or improve the shape of your upper arms
  • Clothing doesn't fit as well or fits "differently"
  • Sleeveless garments seem to emphasize the unattractive appearance of your arms
  • Your upper arm skin appears to be stretched way out of shape

Arm Lift Before & After

Arm Lift  Before & After
Arm Lift Before & After

Is An Arm Lift Right For You?

Everyone wants the tight and contoured arms that a brachioplasty procedure can deliver, but the reality is that the procedure is not suitable for all patients. To be considered an ideal candidate for an arm lift with Seattle cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Javad Sajan, you should possess the following traits and characteristics:


Smoking substantially increases your risks during surgery and can lead to a longer and more difficult healing process. As such, smokers will need to quit in advance before undergoing this procedure.

Significant upper arm skin laxity

And finally, to be considered an ideal candidate for an arm lift, you should possess a considerable amount of skin laxity that cannot be addressed through diet and exercise alone.

Preparing For Your Arm Lift

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Sajan will inform you of the steps you'll need to take to ensure a smooth and complication-free surgery. For example, if you're a smoker, you'll be advised to quit well in advance to avoid problems during the healing process. You will also be advised to avoid certain medications that can increase your risk of bleeding, be sure to tell Dr. Sajan and his staff about any over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, supplements and vitamins you currently take.


Arm Lift Surgery

Your Seattle arm lift surgery will take place in our state-licensed surgery center. An anesthesiologist will administer either a general anesthesia (for a deeper sleep) or a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. You will be monitored at all times throughout surgery and recovery to ensure your safety and comfort. An overnight hospital stay will not be necessary.

Dr. Sajan will make incisions to the inside or back area of your upper arm, and the length of the incision may run from your underarm (axilla) area to your elbow. The length of your incisions will be determined, in part, on your particular condition. For example, if you have minimal sagging skin and good elasticity, you may only require a very small incision hidden within the armpit. Conversely, if you have a large amount of excess volume to address, Dr. Sajan will likely create an incision that begins in your armpit and extends down your arm, so that he can remove as much extra skin as possible. Through those openings, he may remove the excess fat using an excision method or liposuction procedure, before reshaping and tightening the supportive tissues with a series of internal sutures. The skin will then be smoothed over your newly-contoured arms and the incisions will be closed.

After the final suturing, your arms will be bandaged and you may also need to wear a compression garment to help minimize post-surgery swelling. You can help facilitate your healing process by carefully following Dr. Sajan's post-surgery instructions on caring for the surgical sites, using oral and/or topical medications as prescribed, and keeping your follow-up appointments. Dr. Sajan will include important information on scar management with your recovery instructions. He may also recommend massage to help minimize the appearance of the scar lines.

The results of your arm lift procedure should be noticeable almost immediately. However, you may also experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and possible seepage of blood or fluid. Scarring along the incision line takes approximately two weeks to heal. Though all of our patients will have a unique experience, you can expect to return to your normal daily activities within approximately two weeks and your exercise regimen and other vigorous activities within about four to six weeks.

Brachioplasty And You

Our brachioplasty clients experience more sculpted and attractive shapes for their upper arms. Maintaining upper arm muscle tone (along with a healthy lifestyle and activity level) will help support the long-lasting effects of your cosmetic surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sajan today and learn more about how an arm lift can benefit you.

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