Arm lift surgery, known as a brachioplasty, removes loose, sagging skin from the upper arm creating a more attractive and toned upper arm appearance. This procedure is commonly used for patients who have undergone extreme weight loss.
What are the benefits?
Following your surgery you will find an improved contour and shape of the upper arm, which enables you to wear the clothes that previously you would have been embarrassed to wear increasing your confidence and improving your self esteem.
Depending on the extent of the procedure excess skin and fat are excised leaving a short scar in the armpit, or a longer scar running down the inside part of the arm extending from the armpit to the inside of the elbow region. The wounds are stitched with dissolving sutures leaving the resulting scars as hidden from view as possible.
How long does the operation take?
Brachioplasty takes approximately 1-2 hours to perform.
How long do I stay in hospital?
Brachioplasty requires an overnight stay in hospital and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
What can I expect afterwards?
Following your surgery there will be temporary swelling, bruising, and tenderness which will resolve in approximately 10-14 days but full recovery can take 3-6 months. Pain and discomfort is minimal and well controlled with oral pain relief. You should be able return to work after two weeks, however if you have a physically demanding job you will need to wait at least four weeks. On discharge patients wear a protective sleeve-like home after surgery. If the incision stretches from elbow to underarm, it is important to be aware that your scars will always be evident but will fade over time.
What are the long-term results?
Arm lift results are long lasting, but can be subject to change due to the natural ageing process and if your weight fluctuates.
What are the risks?
With any surgical procedure there are always associated risks. However, if your surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon the risks are reduced, nonetheless, specific complications may occur. Such as the risk of infection which is reduced by taking preventative measures such as administering antibiotics both at the time of and following your surgery. However despite these measures mild infection is relatively common and can occur around the incision site, but usually subsides over a period of about 2 weeks.
It is important for you to examine the reasons for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure as it is unlikely to resolve any life issues you may have. Having surgery for someone else is not the basis from which to make a decision. Cosmetic surgery will certainly boost your self esteem but you do need to be realistic about your expectations. Cosmetic surgery will lead to marked improvements but you also need to be aware that the end result of your surgery can and does take time and you need to allow your body time to recover.
Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. At consultation your consultant surgeon will explain your treatment fully including any potential risks and complications. Your surgeon will also advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you and will also explain all aspects of your post-operative care.
If you would like to speak to one of our consultant surgeons, Mr Alan Park or Mr Sudip Ghosh, please do not hesitate to telephone or fill out our online form.