In this case, a traditional brachioplasty would not remove enough tissue for a desirable result.
1. The surgeon will mark your arms and outer upper chest where excess tissue is to be removed
2. You will be put under anesthesia
3. Your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
4. An incision will be made that runs from your elbow down to your outer upper chest
5. The excess skin will be cut off
6. The long incision is then stitched up, covered with tissue glue and wrapped with bandages
The operation takes 1-2 hours and you don't have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.
On average, the cost will be in the high range of $4,500-$7,000 depending on where you have the procedure done.
There are six common issues here:
1. You are left with a scar that runs from your elbow to your outer upper chest
2. It's impossible to predict the final location of the scar because of variability in healing
3. You can experience numbness in your arms for a period of time
4. If your BMI is above 35 it's better to have a liposuction first
5. You can have remaining loose skin running from your outer lower chest to your abdomen
6. The loose skin can come back
In a nutshell, similar to traditional brachioplasty, you have to decide which is the lesser of two evils: having a lengthy scar or excess arm skin and outer upper chest skin.
This information provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. For medical questions, Consult a physician.
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