Brachioplasty, or an arm lift surgery is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat deposits, creating a more youthful contour of upper arms. Due to the aging process, skin becomes loose and saggy, therefore arm lift surgery is recommended.
Usually, patients who undergo this surgery are people, who have lost a lot of weight. Although this surgery is not only for people, who are overweight or have slimmed worn, but for those who want to tighten loose skin as well. Patients with thse problems are mostly of an elderly age, with loose skin all over the body, not only upper arms.
Methods for the surgery:
- For patients, who have small amount s of fat deposits in upper arm areas but no excess skin, only liposuction is performed.
- For patients, who have small amount of loose skin on upper arm areas and it is more localized to underarms, skin tightening is performed. Leaving barely visible scars lesser amount of upper arm skin is removed.
- For patients, who have a larger amount of excess skin because of lost weight, excess skin is removed making larger cuts – from the elbow through the upper arm’s inward surface to the armpit and extending cuts to the chest.
Usually brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia and lasts for 2 – 3 hours. It is recommended to limit physical activities for at least 10 days; compressive sleeves should be worn for 8 weeks. More intense swelling can be felt for 2 weeks, scars begin to fade after 8 – 10 weeks and become barely visible.
Possible complications after arm lift: bleeding, infection, pronounced scars, arm swelling.
After the surgery patients can enjoy more beautiful arm contours, increased self-esteem, can wear short sleeved clothes without embarrassment.