Incision should be well concealed, dog ears should be avoided, excessive tension of closure can lead to opening of incision. – Dr. Reagan
Significant laxity of the posterior arm, sometimes referred to as a “bat wing”, is treated with excision of skin and subcutaneous fat. The excision is carried the length of the posterior arm, ending just above or below the elbow. Liposuction around the elbow may be added. Dr. Reagan feels that excising a wedge in the armpit alone is insufficient and will lead to less optimal results. Scars from a brachioplasty are more likely to be raised and red, so scar management with prolonged steri-strips, silicone sheeting, and scar cream are all recommended. In cases of significant laxity of tissue around the armpit, an Extended Brachioplasty onto the chest wall may be necessary.
- Procedure: Removal of excessive arm skin.
- Length: 2 hours.
- Anesthesia: 2 hours.
- In/Outpatient: Outpatient, unless combined with other procedures.
- Side Effects: Swelling, blistering, temporary numbness, scar.
- Risks: Infection, delayed healing, poor scarring.
- Recovery: 2-3 weeks.