Specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body.

Arm, Thigh, + Body Lift

Over time, gravity gets the best of all of us. Areas that become droopy and unattractive can be enhanced by excising skin and fat and tightening the skin that remains. These “excisional” operations are known as lifts and can be utilized to reshape multiple areas of the body.

Arm Lift

Overview

Heredity, fluctuations in weight, and aging can cause your upper arm skin to become loose and flabby and even resemble “bat wings.” Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the upper arm, from the underarm to the elbow, by excising excess skin and fat and tightening what remains. It can be combined with other procedures, including breast surgery and other body contouring operations.

Candidates

If you are at or near your ideal weight and wish to tighten your upper arm skin to look and feel more youthful, you may be a potential candidate for arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty.

The Operation

Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A long ellipse of skin and fat is removed from the upper arm, usually from the armpit to just before the elbow. Remaining skin and underlying fat are pulled together, tightening the upper arm and leaving the scar along the inside of the arm, where it is least noticeable. Usually, small drain tubes are placed and removed at the first postop visit. Dr. Sewell may also recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.

Recovery

Compression or ace wraps are applied to the arms and left in place for the first several days to reduce bruising and swelling. Light activity only is encouraged for the first few weeks, with no heavy lifting. Most patients return to work within one to two weeks and full activity, including exercise, within two to three months.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with brachioplasty. These include bleeding, infection, unattractive scarring, and seroma formation (collections of fluid below the skin).

Talk to Your Doctor

If your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, may be right for you. Dr. Sewell will speak with and examine you to determine your desired results and whether or not you are a candidate.

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Thigh Lift

Overview

Gravity, aging, and weight loss can result in excess skin, sagging, and stretch marks of the inner thighs. A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the inner thighs by excising excess skin and lifting and tightening what remains in this area. It can be combined with other procedures, including breast surgery and other body contouring operations.

Candidates

If you are at or near your ideal weight and wish to get rid of drooping, sagging skin of the inner thigh to look and feel more youthful, you may be a potential candidate for thigh lift surgery.

The Operation

Thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An ellipse of skin and fat is removed from high in the inner thigh. Remaining skin and underlying fat are pulled together, tightening the inner thigh and leaving the scar hidden in the groin crease, where it is least noticeable. Occcasionally, small drain tubes are placed and removed at the first postop visit.

Recovery

Patients are encouraged to be up and around on the first postoperative day. Bruising may last a week or so, with swelling resolving after several more weeks. Light activity only is permitted for the first several weeks, with no strenuous activity, running, or heavy lifting. Patients may return to work within two to three weeks.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks involved with thigh lift. These include bleeding, infection, unattractive scarring, wound separation or delayed healing, and seroma formation (collections of fluid below the skin).

Talk to Your Doctor

If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you. Dr. Sewell will speak with and examine you to determine your desired results and whether or not you are a candidate.

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Body Lift

Overview

Gravity, aging, and weight loss can result in excess skin, sagging, and stretch marks of the buttocks and outer thighs. A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the buttock and outer thighs by excising excess skin and lifting and tightening what remains in this area. It is often combined with abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” to achieve 360 degree reshaping of the lower trunk. It can also be combined with other breast and body procedures.

Candidates

If you are at or near your ideal weight and have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise or weight-loss surgery, and if you have drooping, sagging buttocks and outer thighs with lots of excess skin in these areas, then body lift may be right for you. It is not intended to be a weight loss procedure.

The Operation

A body lift is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the extent of the procedure. A complete lower body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, and thighs in one procedure. Incisions are made that begin at the back and continue around the hips to the side or front of the thighs, and all excess skin is excised. What remains is then lifted and tightened, leaving scars low along the waistline.  Small drainage tubes may be inserted and are removed at the first postop visit.

Recovery

Patients are encouraged to be up and around on the first postoperative day. Bruising may last a week or so, with swelling resolving after several more weeks. Light activity only is permitted for the first several weeks, with no bending over, strenuous activity, running, or heavy lifting. Patients may return to work within three to five weeks. A return to full activity with heavy exercise usually takes three to four months.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks involved with body lift. These include bleeding, infection, unattractive scarring, wound separation or delayed healing due to high tension, and seroma formation (collections of fluid below the skin).

Talk to Your Doctor

If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals, a surgical body lift may be right for you. Dr. Sewell will speak with and examine you to determine your desired results and whether or not you are a candidate.

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