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Brachioplasty

The brachioplasty procedure, also known as arm lift surgery, reduces excess skin and underlying fat that occurs between the underarm and the elbow, reshaping the arm to result in smoother skin and more normal contours.This procedure is usually done in younger women who want excess fat removed from their upper arms, but have tight skin. Since fat is the only tissue removed here, your previously “tight” arm skin can take on a looser appearance. And if you had loose skin to begin with, the problem can be compounded.

There are 3 options to reshape your arms :
1. Arm liposuction
2. Traditional brachioplasty (arm lift)
3. Minimal incision brachioplasty

Arm Liposuction

The Procedure
You will be put under anesthesia,  Incisions will be made close to your elbow and arm pit and a  solution that makes fat firm will be injected into your arm
A cannula is used to suck out the arm fat . The incisions are stitched up and covered with bandages
The operation takes a couple hours and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After a week, the stitches are removed and you can resume normal physical activity.

 

Traditional Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

This procedure is usually done in women who have lost a massive amount of weight (90kg+) and are left with excess arm skin.
It’s also performed months after an arm liposuction if the patient is left with loose skin.
The Procedure
The surgeon will mark your arms where excess tissue is to be removed .  You will be put under anesthesia and an  incision will be made that runs from your arm pit to your elbow
The excess skin will be secured with small clamps and then cut .It  is then stitched up and covered with bandages
The operation takes 1-2 hours and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.

Inconveniences :
There are four common points to mention here:
1. You are left with a scar that runs from your arm pit to your elbow
2. It’s impossible to predict the final location of the scar because of variability in healing
3. You can experience numbness in your arms for a period of time
4. If your BMI is above 35 it’s better to have a liposuction first

Minimal Incision Brachioplasty Arm Lift

This procedure is usually done in women who have a small amount of excess skin. The best candidates are already fit, but desire tighter skin.
The Procedure
The surgeon will mark your upper arm pit where excess tissue is to be removed . You will be put under anesthesia and your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
An incision will be made on your upper arm pitand the excess skin around your upper arm pit will be cut off and skin from your upper arm will be pulled downwards, increasing its tightness
The incision is then stitched up and covered with body glue and/or pads with tape
The operation takes about 1 hour and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.

Inconveniences :
There are five common issues here:
1. You are left with a scar in your arm pit
2. The scar will have a pleated look, but this fades with time
3. The scar is still visible if your raise your arm
4. This procedure is not indicated for women with significant amounts of loose skin
5. The loose skin can come back

 

FAQ :

Will Arm Lift Surgery be painful?

Post-operative pain varies considerably from patient-to-patient, and the average person will typically require oral pain medication to treat discomfort over a 5-7 day period.

How long does an Arm Lift procedure last?

A brachioplasty generally lasts from 1-3 hours, and most patients will be required to spend one night in hospital following their surgery.

What are the common side effects after an Arm Lift?

After an arm lift procedure, some patients experience a feeling of tightness in the upper arm as the area swells resulting from the surgery.  Another common side effect that patients report is tingling of the hands and this, as well as other symptoms, resolve relatively quickly with time.

What type of anesthesia will be used for Arm Lift Surgery?

Most arm lift surgeries are performed under a general anesthetic, although in some cases, a local anesthetic with sedation may be used.

How long is the recovery period for Arm Lift Surgery?

The recovery period after an arm lift depends on whether the procedure is performed exclusively, or combined with other procedures.  Generally, certain activities such as exercising, are restricted for up to one month, and you will be asked to wear a compression garment to aid in the healing process.

Will I have to stop smoking before my Arm Lift procedure?

Your surgeon will advise you to stop smoking at least two weeks before and one month after surgery, because the nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin.  Blood supply is a very important factor to the healing process and it is imperative that this guideline is followed.

Is there anything I need to do before my Surgery?

To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you will be advised to stop blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are taking prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance, and ask your doctor for instructions on how to stop taking your medications.

What are the benefits of Arm Lift Surgery?

Sagging upper arms are an embarrassment and they can dictate what a person wears.  An arm lift will restore arms to a slimmer, well-contoured shape, allowing you to feel more confident about your appearance  especially in the summer.  With the latest surgical technology advancements, an arm lift is safer and more rewarding than ever because scarring is now kept to a minimum.

When are the Arm Lift sutures removed?

If disposable stitches are not used for your procedure, the sutures will be removed between 1-2 weeks depending on the area of your surgery.