The brachial lipodystrophy characterized by excessive deposition of fat or sagging skin on the medial arm. Age, obesity, and weight loss are the main predisposing factor in the creation of this malformation. The formation of visible scars as a result of the localization of the incisions is increased, and this limits the operation only in selected patients with severe deformities.
The operation is performed under general anesthesia and often combined with other surgical procedures to improve the contour of the body, such abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh and buttock lift. The cut is designed in the medial arm, along its length. From there skin and fat resection is done. The region is carefully sutured, and covered with oppressing bandages. The operation lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.
Hospitalization is limited to 24 hours. Immediately postoperatively ,the arms should remain elevated to avoid pain, swelling and hematoma formation. In 15 days the stitches will be removed but oppressive bandaging will remain in site for 3 weeks total. The postoperative pain is small and is treated with common painkillers. The results fully satisfy the patients and full recovery requires 20-30 days.