Arm Lift Surgery
Arm Lift Surgery, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. These conditions cannot be corrected through exercise.
Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.
Due to natural aging process, skin slowly looses its elasticity. As a result, the skin settles into folds and wrinkles. Thus it leads to loss of elasticity causing hanging skin that may be nicknamed “bat wings.” Weight loss can accentuate this issue. If you wish you had slimmer and more toned looking upper arms, Brachioplasty (also known as an ‘Arm Lift’) may be the right body contouring procedure for you.
Are You a Candidate?
If you are a man or a woman whose arms looks or feeling uncomfortable, then an arm lift may be right for you.
Most patients are between the ages of 35 and 65, although patients both younger and older can undergo this procedure.
Ideal candidates must be non-smokers in good overall health.
Patients who are at or near an ideal weight, this procedure may also be performed on patients who are overweight.
Physical health – an examination will help your doctor or surgeon to decide if the treatment is appropriate.
Medical history – some pre-existing medical conditions and surgery you’ve had in the past may influence decisions about this operation, including the type of anaesthetic that is used.
Risks and possible complications – it is important that you understand the risks and complications so that you can weigh up whether a brachioplasty is right for you.
Medication – tell your doctor about any medication that you take regularly or have recently taken, including over-the-counter preparations like fish oils and vitamin supplements.
Past reactions to medication – your doctor needs to know if you have ever had a bad reaction or a side effect from any medication, including anaesthesia.
Preparation for surgery – the surgeon will give you detailed instructions on what you should do at home to prepare for surgery. For example, they may advise you to take a particular drug or alter the dose of an existing medication. Follow all instructions carefully.
Arm lift surgery procedures are performed to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the arms, reducing a flabby appearance and leaving with thinner and youthful arms. The procedure is performed with general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours to perform.
First, the surgeon will create an incision in the armpit, where any resulting scar can be easily hidden. If more extensive fat deposits or excess skin will be removed from the lower arm, the surgeon may need to create a more extensive incision running along the inside of the arm, from wrist to armpit.
Next, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and deposits of fatty tissue. Most arm lift procedures use traditional surgical methods, if require liposuction surgery can also be used if large areas of excess fat are being targeted for removal.
After the excess tissue has been removed and the remaining tissues have been sculpted by the surgeon, the incision is closed with sutures.
After Treatment and Results -Recovery
Arm Lift Surgery comes with some risks, including negative reactions
- risks of anaesthesia, including allergic reaction, which (rarely) may be fatal
- surgical risks, such as bleeding or infection
- blood clots that may cause potentially fatal cardiovascular complications, such as heart attack, deep vein thrombosis or stroke
- collapsed lung
- fluid build-up under the wound
- tissue death along the wound, or skin loss
- sensory nerve damage, which may cause prolonged or permanent numbness in the upper arm or even in the forearm
- prolonged swelling
- damage to underlying tissues such as muscles
- asymmetry (unevenness) of the skin
- unsightly, inflamed or itchy scarring
- further surgery to treat complications.
After the operation, you may expect:
- a drainage tube in the wound to help prevent fluid build-up
- bruising and swelling
- possible numbness
- pain and discomfort
- dressings or bandages on your upper arms.
Most patients take about a week off from work and other obligations to heal. During the recovery period, your plastic surgeon will require you to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide support for the tissues of the arm. To help the recovery process, keep the arm elevated and avoid heavy lifting for at least a few weeks after surgery.