An arm lift (brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that smoothes and tightens the supporting tissue that shapes the upper arm. The procedure reduces fat pockets in the upper arm area as well as tightening excess arm skin.
The ideal candidate is someone whose underside upper arms are sagging, drooping or are full and loose due to excess fat and skin. The procedure requires patients to have a stable weight and who are not significantly overweight.
The procedure is conducted under general anaesthesia. The Incision length and shape depends on the location and amount of skin that needs to be removed, generally the incision is made in an inconspicuous area such as under the armpit or placed on the back or inside of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s judgment. The excess fat will then be directly removed, or it will be treated with liposuction. Once the underlying supportive tissue is reshaped and tightened, the skin will be smoothed into the arm’s new contours. The incision will then be closed with stitches or absorbable sutures.
Following the surgery, it is recommended the patient walks as soon as they are safe to do so following the surgery to avoid clotting. The patient will experience pain following the procedure and may require the surgeon to prescribe pain medication, the pain will gradually subside following the surgery. The procedure will also result in swelling and bruising following the surgery, however cold packs and keeping arms elevated will help. The swelling and brusing will gradually fade.
The results should be evident almost immediately after the surgery. The full extent of the results will not be evident until the swelling and bruising has dissipated.