Brachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a set of procedures to rejuvenate the upper arm. As we age, the skin of the upper arm becomes less toned and more ptotic or saggy. The appearance of the upper arm is also affected by the presence of excess fat.
Genetics play a significant role in who will develop this condition; but it may also be exacerbated by significant weight loss and the resultant loss of skin elasticity. Liposuction will address the excess fat; but will do little to improve the saggy excess skin. Brachioplasty, which combines surgical excision of excess skin and fat, is often combined with liposuction to sculpt and shape the upper arm to recreate a more youthful aesthetic appearance.
Each surgery is tailored to the patient’s particular needs and attempts to limit incisions are always made. In most cases, the brachioplasty incision is made along the inner surface of the upper arm and runs from the underarm area to the elbow. Placement of the scar along the inner surface of the arm allows camouflaging of resultant scarring. Brachioplasty is typically an outpatient procedure and is performed at our AAAASF certified facility under general anesthesia administered by a board certified anesthesiologist.
Legacy of Healing is an important part of Dr. Schmidt’s life. Legacy of Healing sends medical mission teams worldwide providing free surgical, medical and dental care as well as safe drinking water to underserved communities. Young people are included as team members, to continue building a legacy that promotes and enhances physical and spiritual health and healing for future generations. Since 2004 Legacy has performed 1147 free operations and seen 7510 village clinic patients. Started by Dr. Schmidt with only six people, it is an inspiring example of what happens when people work together with Christ’s love sharing their time and talents in service to others.