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Brachioplasty is a surgery to correct the contour of the arm, removing excess fat and skin from the inner side to prevent sagging.

How is brachioplasty performed?

When it comes to very small excess skin is usually accompanied by liposuction of the inner side of the arms and an incision at the level of the armpit and is completely hidden.

When the excess skin is large, the incision extends from the armpit to the elbow, this allows to collect all the skin to obtain a thinner arm. 

To perform the surgery, in addition to a complete physical examination, different blood studies are necessary. In case of patients with chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, an extra evaluation must be done to assess the risks of surgery.

Who are candidates?

Candidates for brachioplasty are those men and women who have undergone significant skin changes due to factors such as considerable weight loss.


Frequently asked questions

Brachioplasty is performed under anesthesia under the supervision of an anesthesiologist.

It is an outpatient procedure and lasts 2 to 3 hours.

Total recovery is 30 days, to obtain excellent results it will be important to maintain relative rest during the first week. You will be able to return to your activities after 15 days. 

Within the recovery process it is very important to take care of the wounds since the axillary area is usually a humid zone. To control the significant swelling that appears in the arms, it is necessary to use a special sleeve.

The use of these sleeves should be used for at least 30 days for 24 hours. The stitches are removed between day seven and day 15 after surgery, especially in the areas of the axillary stitches and take care of a decrease in the mobility of the arms to prevent them from opening.

The result of this surgery is intended to be permanent, however, there are factors that can alter the changes and it is important to practice physical activity and a good diet to maintain good results.

The pain of this intervention is moderate and is controlled with the use of analgesics and physical therapy, it is important to consider that we are all different and the pain tolerance of each individual is a factor that can favor or affect us to endure the intervention.

Technical data

Hospitalization: Not required

Anesthesia: Local or sedation

Surgery Time: 2 – 3 Hours

Resting Time: 5 days

Dr. José Cortés

Dr. José Cortés

Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgeon graduated from the Autonomous University of Mexico.

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