Arm/Thigh Lift Redlands
Arm lift (brachioplasty) and thigh lift procedures are quite common for patients that have lost a substantial amount of weight on their own or even patients that have had the assistance of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). After a good amount of weight is lost in these areas sagging and flabbiness can become very apparent and not be pleasing to the eye. Sagging in these areas can also prohibit patients from wearing the clothing they want and cause low self-esteem. After working hard to lose all of the weight you’d think that shouldn’t be the case, but unfortunately it is common. Luckily, arm and thigh lift procedures have been around for a long time and have been perfected over the years providing patients with great results and the look they’ve always wanted in the thigh and arm areas.
Arm Lift (brachioplasty) reshapes the under portion of the upper arm. By removing excess skin, we can rejuvenate this area leaving arms with a toned and more youthful appearance.
Thigh Lift counteracts time, gravity and weight loss to evoke the smoother appearance of an earlier age. The thigh lift procedure usually involves both liposuction and the removal of excessive skin from either the inner and/or outer thighs.
Surgical procedure – Liposuction is performed on the thighs and arms and then the underlying tissues are gently pulled and tightened and the excess skin is removed. Sutures are added to close the incision line and to hold the new contour in place. These procedures can sometimes be performed while awake and under a mild sedation but need to be discussed with Dr. Apodaca to determine the patient’s existing health condition.
Liposuction – Liposuction is necessary in both an arm and thigh lift to make the removal of excess skin/tissue safer and lower the risk of deeper nerve damage. Liposuction also aids in providing a more contoured, smoother appearance of both areas.
Incision – The length and location of the incision depends on the amount of loose skin that needs to be removed and the amount of lift required to achieve the best aesthetic outcome. Incisions are usually placed on the underside or inside of the arm or inner thigh to keep them from being seen.
Incision for arm lift – from armpit to elbow
Incision for thigh lift – from groin to knee
The extra skin is measured, excised, and the remaining tissues and skin are tightened and redraped onto the body. A multi-layering technique is used to close incisions and sometimes the use of removable staples is required. Drains are then placed around the area to help flush out excess fluids. Wearing a compression garment may be required after the procedure to help the skin adhere back to the underlying tissues and is also used to control swelling.
Recovery, Risks and Cost – The recovery and risks will be discussed in detail in the initial consultation, as well as the pre and post operative appointments. You will also be provided with a copy of pre and post operative instructions to take home with you. The cost varies from patient to patient depending on the exact procedures recommended, and the amount of time it will take during the actual procedure. Dr. Apodaca offers a complimentary consultation to provide his recommendations and pricing quote.