Arm Lift Surgery
Anaesthesia:Local with intravenous sedation or general
Hospitalisation:Day surgery or overnight
Back to Work:2-4 weeks depending on job activities
Brachioplasty or Arm Lift Surgery
What is an Arm Lift?
Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of droopy skin, and to remove lose, pendulous skin and fat in the upper arms caused by significant weight loss.
What are the steps for Arm Lift Surgery?
The surgeon makes an incision along the inside of the arm. Incision length varies according to the amount and location of excess skin to be treated. After unwanted tissue is excised and reshaped, the incisions are closed with carefully placed nonremovable stitches to minimise residual scarring.
Is Brachioplasty a complicated procedure?
An arm lift is a highly individualised procedure, which should be tailored to suit the patient’s requirements and surgical goals.
Are the scars noticeable?
Residual scarring depends on the amount and location of excess skin. In moderate cases of skin elasticity loss, the surgeon makes an incision in the underarm area; therefore, the scars are fairly inconspicuous. However, when more substantial amounts of skin are tightened, the scar runs down the underarm, and the incision length depends on skin elasticity loss. Generally, the incision lines are only noticeable when the patient’s arms are raised. However, the final appearance of scars always depends on individual healing.
What results can it achieve?
Arm lift surgery typically achieves very satisfying results. The final results are visible approximately six months after surgery once healing is complete. The patient’s tissue quality and other lifestyle factors influence a positive outcome for arm lift surgery.
What are the potential risks and complications of an Arm Lift?
There are associated risks with all cosmetic surgery; however, carefully following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions greatly reduces the likelihood of developing general complications such as bleeding, infection, bruising and poor wound healing. Complications directly related to surgery may also occur, including necrosis, asymmetry, mild skin rippling and temporary localised swelling (lymphoma).
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