By Michael Sundine, MD
Deciding to undergo an arm lift is an exciting process, and it helps to do everything you can to educate yourself about the procedure. An arm lift, technically known as a brachioplasty, is a sophisticated cosmetic surgery. Learning as much as you can about an arm lift will ensure that you make the best choices for your needs and will ease your mind of uncertainties. The first major step to take is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael Sundine. During your arm lift consultation, you may hear some unfamiliar vocabulary. Some of the basic words to know include the following:
- Axilla: the area directly under the arm from the armpit to the elbow.
- Skin laxity: the amount your skin may sag.
- Intravenous sedation: one of your choices for a sedation method, where the sedatives are injected into your veins for comfort.
- Local anesthesia: pain relievers that are injected directly into the area of operation for pain relief.