What is a Arm Lift?
An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty is a Plastic Surgery procedure to reduce sagging, loose skin as well as any excess fatty tissue of the upper arm. It is performed primarily to reduce the circumference of the upper arm and to tighten the skin thereby dramatically improving the contour and appearance of the arms.
Am I a Candidate for an Arm Lift / Brachioplasty?
If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin, this procedure may be right for you. Thin people may also have sagging upper arms due to the effects of prior weight loss, aging and genetics. Even regular exercise and strength training cannot get rid of excess sagging skin in this area; exercise can tone and tighten muscles but can not tighten skin.
Good candidates for an arm lift include:
Adults with significant upper arm skin excess and laxity
Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure is through a consultation with a Mr Khan.
How do I prepare for an Arm Lift / Brachioplasty?
Preparing for your Arm Lift Surgery will include discussing a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle with Mr Khan, including:
Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
Your medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
Your use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Mr Khan may also:
Evaluate your general health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
Examine and measure your body, recording detailed measurements and taking photos for your medical record
Ask you to stop taking aspirin-containing products for two weeks before surgery
Ask you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before surgery.
What will the scars be like?
In fact scars are the greatest drawback in this operation. This is because in a standard Brachiaplasty the operation results in a permanent scar extending the length of the upper arm, from the armpit to the elbow which may be visible in short sleeve clothing. Unfortunately it is not usually possible to reduce the scar length in this procedure. In fact this is the main reason why many patients decide against having this procedure. This operation basically exchanges one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars). In general, only those with very loose saggy skin are most likely to find this exchange worthwhile. Those with a small amount of looseness will probably not want the scars.
Although initially all scars are somewhat red and lumpy, with time (12-18 months) the scars usually settle and improve. Of course it is not possible to ultimately predict the appearance of anyone’s scars.
How is a Arm Lift Surgery performed?
An Arm Lift is generally an outpatient procedure. The procedure typically takes one to two hours, but may take longer depending on the extent of the surgery and any additional procedures, such as Liposuction, that are performed at the same time.
To perform the Arm Lift Surgery, Mr Khan will make incisions on the inside or back of your arm. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow, depending on the amount of excess skin.
Some people who have lost a significant amount of weight following Bariatric Surgery may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit, and onto the side of the chest.
Before the incision is made, Mr Khan may use Liposuction to remove excess fat. Excessive skin is then removed, tightened and sutured into place with deep sutures that are absorbable. Mr Khan may also use sutures in the skin that will need to be removed within one to two weeks after surgery.
Recovery after Arm Lift Surgery
During your recovery from Arm Lift Surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.
Recovery may include some mild discomfort right after the procedure. It is normal for some swelling and bruising to occur, with most swelling peaking two to three days after your Arm Lift Surgery and subsiding within two weeks. By elevating your arm with pillows you can reduce swelling and increase comfort during recovery.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with Mr Khan.
Results of a Arm Lift Surgery
The results of Arm Lift Surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness in your arms, but most of your improvement from surgery should be relatively permanent.
Many patients who have an arm lift may also consider other body contouring procedures, such as Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift or Body Lift. Follow-up with Mr Khan is the best way to ensure what surgical approach is best for your overall, long-lasting results from your procedure.