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Is Brachioplasty Right For You?

A brachioplasty, reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure reduces excess sagging skin, tightens and smoothes underlying supportive tissues, and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

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How is Brachioplasty Performed?

A brachioplasty is accomplished through one of three possible types of incisions. The pattern and length of the incision depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed.

If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, Dr. Koplin will excise it or treat it with liposuction.

Then, he’ll tighten and reshape underlying supportive tissues. Finally, he’ll smooth the skin over the new contour of your arm.

How is Dr. Koplin’s Approach Unique?

Unlike other surgeons who do brachioplasty, Dr. Koplin prefers a unique method located within the armpit that avoids scarring on the underside of the arm. In addition to removing excess fat and skin, he can also remove sweat glands and hair follicles giving you the benefits of a smoother, more hairless underarm as the end result. Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and pioneering work in the area of fat-grafting sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used a combination of these techniques to add natural softness and shapeliness to areas of the body.

Your Brachioplasty Procedure

Safety and Comfort with Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the gold standard for this operation. Under this type of anesthesia, you are fully asleep; there is no pain and no awareness. Safety and comfort are paramount. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience in facial procedures, safety, and care. You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.

Recovery and Convalescence

After your brachioplasty, we’ll place your arms in a custom compression garment to minimize swelling.

You have several options for recovery: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or recover at home. If you wish to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We’ll send you home with specific care instructions, as well as information about medications that can aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Koplin.

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You may be a good candidate for a
brachioplasty if you have any of the
following conditions or feelings:

  • . Your upper arms are sagging or appear loose
  • . Your arms look full and lumpy due to excess skin and fat
  • . You have recently lost a significant amount of weight
  • . You’re embarrassed to wear short sleeve or sleeveless fashions
  • . You’d like your arms to look more toned, smooth and proportionate

Dr. Lawrence Koplin

Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and experience with reconstructive as well as cosmetic surgeries sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used these techniques to enhance the looks and self-confidence of both children and adults.

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State-of-the-Art Operating Facility

Your custom procedure will be performed in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility associated with our medical office. We are fully accredited by Medicare and AAAASF, and are held to the same standards as an operating room in a private or university hospital.

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Your Brachioplasty Consultation

Dr. Koplin will personally meet with you so that he understands your expectations and desired outcomes for a brachioplasty. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. He’ll go over your options, recommend a course of treatment, and explain likely outcomes of upper arm surgery.

What to expect the first two weeks after Brachioplasty:

First Week: You’ll want to keep your arms slightly elevated on pillows while sleeping.

You’ll see results almost immediately following your procedure, although you may have some bruising and swelling during the early part of your recovery.

You may have a feeling of tightness in the upper arms. This is due to swelling, is normal, and rapidly fades with time.

Avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for the first few days after your surgery. Stay away from smoking: even exposure to second-hand smoke may cause delays in your healing process.

Dr. Koplin exclusively uses dissolving sutures that are hidden under the skin, so there are none to be removed and never any “Frankenstein” marks!

Second Week and Beyond:

You may resume lower body activities and exercise as early as one week after surgery. Most patients are back at work by then as well.

Depending on the type and extent of your upper arm surgery, you may begin exercise of upper body and arms after the second week.

Case Results
Results vary for each individual.