Excess Skin Removal
Upper Arm Lift / Reduction
Buttock / Hip / Thigh Lift
Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
If you have unsightly sagging skin on the upper arms due to aging, genetics or weight loss, a reduction or elimination of excess skin from the upper arms can be performed. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.
After surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10 to 14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3 to 4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3 to 6 months. The scars fade in 6 to 24 months, depending on your skin.
An additional procedure that may enhance the result is Liposuction of the upper arms or armpits.
Please review our section on arm lift / reduction for additional information.
Hip/Thigh/Buttock Lift (Thighplasty)
If you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity of the thigh, hip or buttock areas, or if your skin area is saggy, has an “orange peel” flabby and/or dimpled appearance, this procedure can improve the appearance dramatically. You can have more attractive thigh and buttock skin, improved contours and decreased irregularities in skin surface.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by Dr. Fisher.
A wide variety in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible. Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Lateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures, if desired. Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars.
After the surgery, the patient is placed in a compression garment (similar to a long-line elastic support girdle) to reduce swelling and assist in the natural shrinking and tightening of the skin. For smaller thigh lifts, an initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication. For larger thigh lifts, one or two nights care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital are usually required. This allows for pain injections, intravenous catheters, etc. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, strenuous activities are usually possible in 6 weeks and almost all symptoms are gone in 4 to 6 months.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result include Liposuction/Liposculpture, Breast Enlargement and Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Please review our sections on thigh and buttock lifts for additional information.