How a Brachioplasty Can Address an Often Overlooked Area for Aesthetic Improvement

Asian young woman in the room touching her armsWith the available aesthetic treatments and procedures available, from non-invasive in-office treatments to cosmetic surgery, there are very few areas, aesthetic conditions, or issues that cannot be effectively and safely treated. However, the upper arms are often overlooked as an area where aesthetic improvements can be made and may significantly impact your appearance.

The backs of our arms, around the triceps, are often where stubborn and unwanted body fat may collect. Although frequent exercise and activity can reduce the appearance of this fat and help create muscle tone, reducing a significant amount of fat can leave loose skin hanging around the back side of the arms.

A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that removes this excess skin and helps create a tighter and more toned appearance for your upper arms. This helps to bring more proportion to your arms, and the procedure can also give more options for clothing and allow you to wear more form-fitting clothes without worrying about overly large upper arms.

Depending on how much loose skin and fat are to be removed, the brachioplasty procedure takes about 2 to 4 hours to complete. Patients are generally able to return home after the procedure and begin the recovery process. Although it is a more invasive surgical procedure than other sculpting treatments available, the recovery takes about 2 to 3 weeks for full healing.

During the recovery, many patients will have minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort. This will subside as your body heals and can be helped with anti-inflammatory medication and cold compresses.

Although the results of a brachioplasty are considered permanent, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to avoid the return of stubborn body fat in the area.

Whether you are looking to reduce the appearance of sagging skin on your upper arms, or make any other aesthetic improvement, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Schaffer, located in San Antonio, TX, will work with you to develop the perfect cosmetic treatment plan that fits in with your schedule. Schedule a comprehensive consultation by calling 210-227-3223 or visiting

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