What you need to know about arm lifts

By May 29, 2023News

Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms. This can result in improved shape and arm definition. It is important to note that it is not an operation for people carrying too much fat on the arms – these patients will need to consider liposuction or weight loss.

Are you considering arm lift surgery? Here are some things you should know:

Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?

The ideal candidate for an arm lift is someone who has excess skin in their upper arms due to significant weight loss, aging, or genetics. Ideally, candidates should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.

What happens during an arm lift procedure?

During an arm lift procedure, an incision is made along the inside or back of the upper arm, and excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight and sutured together, with the goal of improving arm contour. The procedure typically takes two to three hours, and require general anaesthetic, and one night stay in hospital. If the incisions are carried to the outer chest, the operation is called an extended brachioplasty. This helps to remove loose skin at the other chest zone.

What is the recovery process like after an arm lift?

After an arm lift, patients will need to wear compression garments to minimise swelling and promote healing. Pain and discomfort are normal, and patients may need to take pain medication for several days. Most patients can return to light activities within a week or two, but more strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks. Because we use our arms every day, we recommend having three weeks off work post-surgery.

What are the results of an arm lift?

The results of an arm lift can be quite dramatic and vary from patient to patient. The scar runs along the inner aspect or back of the arm so that it is not visible when your arms are by your side. You will be shown photos of the results and scars (what to expect). It is important for patients considering brachioplasty to accept that the improvement in arm contour comes at the expense of the long scar running from elbow to armpit.

What are the potential risks and complications of an arm lift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with arm lifts. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, nerve damage, and uneven or unsatisfactory results. Patients should discuss these risks with their surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

How long do the results of an arm lift last?

The results of an arm lift are long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss and the natural aging process. To maintain the most effective results, patients should maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle after the procedure.

It’s imperative to note that an arm lift is a major surgical procedure that should only be performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Patients should discuss their goals and expectations with their surgeon to determine if an arm lift is the right option for them.

If you are considering arm lift surgery, contact Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the plastic surgeon the Shire local’s trust. We will discuss if arm lift surgery is the right procedure for you. Call us on 02 9186 8105.

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