Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to get rid of excess skin under the upper arm. Sometimes people also know it as an upper arm lift. The loose skin can be due to the fact that you have lost a lot of weight recently or it can also be due to aging. Nevertheless sagging arms can bother you and may have a harmful impact on your self-esteem. Arm lift procedure can help you get toned arms and enhance your appearance.
Disclaimer: Results may vary significantly from patient to patient due to individual differences.
The surgeons at ALCS clinic for Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery are skilled at Brachioplasty. Since Brachioplasty aims to remove excess fat and to tighten loose skin under the upper arm, people generally seek an arm lift surgery due to weight loss, aging and the effects of gravity. The results can be dramatic and long term, including firmer, more youthful-appearing arms.
Ideal Arm Lift Candidate
If you are not happy with your arms and want to get rid of that hanging skin under them, you may consider Brachioplasty. However, you may not be a suitable candidate for this procedure. Check out the following points if you can be a good arm lift candidate:
- You have lost excess weight recently due to which your skin has become loose under arms.
- You are not overweight and have a healthy, stable weight without any serious medical disorders.
- You do not smoke and follow a healthy lifestyle. Smoking can seriously impair the recovery and healing process after the surgery.
- You have upper arm skin laxity due to aging and you want to get rid of it.
Once you have decided to go for an arm lift surgery, your surgeon will ask you to take certain precautions before the surgery. Follow these points carefully beforeBrachioplastyy:
- Stop smoking at least 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery to avoid any complications or impaired recovery.
- Avoid any blood thinning medications or drugs like Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines one month before the surgery. This is because by thinning blood, they increase the risk of increased bleeding during surgery.
- Drink enough water and stay hydrated before any kind of surgery as it ensures safe recovery.
- Carefully adhere to lifestyle changes and achieve your healthy weight before you go for arm lift surgery.
- Brachiplasty is generally an outpatient procedure so you may not have to stay overnight. So, you must arrange in advance for someone to drop you off home as you are not allowed to drive after the surgery.
Arm Lift Procedure
Surgeons at the center perform Brachioplasty with a focus on minimizing visible scarring, however, the incision must be made where tissue tightening is most effective. No two arms are ever symmetrical, so incisions are often made in slightly different locations. The goal is to have both arms appear the same after the procedure. The most skilled surgeons will perform the surgery taking into consideration arm movement and mobility.
The two-hour arm lift procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Patients will not be able to drive themselves home after the procedure.
Before carrying the arm lift surgery, markings are made to guide the incision. Surgeons create a zig-zag incision in the upper arm from the elbow to the axilla (armpit) and remove excess fat. Then, the skin is stretched, extra skin removed and the arm is stitched back together.
Minimal Incision Brachioplasty
If a person does not have too much extra skin or fat and the skin that they have is tight, they may be eligible for minimal incision Brachioplasty. In this procedure, excess fat is removed in a liposuction-type technique.
This option reduces scarring because the incision, hidden in the arm area, need only be large enough to insert a tube to remove the excess fat.
After Arm Lift Surgery- Arm Lift Recovery
- Bruising and swelling is normal after the surgery, particularly in the first 36 to 48 hours. It will subside in 14- 15 days after the surgery. Keep your arms elevated with pillows while sleeping in this period to minimize swelling.
- After the surgery, do not do blood-pressure raising activities as they may cause bleeding at the sight of operation. This also includes heavy lifting which may adversely affect your upper arm region.
- You can continue walking as exercise as it is one of the safer options to get out of bed and stay active after the arm lift surgery. It will also prevent or reduce blood clotting in legs.
- Patients need to be aware that a Brachioplasty scar is long and may be slow to heal. It may take as short as six weeks or up to one year before the scar is soft and flexible. It is common to have scabs for several weeks, as well as fluid under the skin flap.
- Pain killers, either over-the-counter or by prescription, are used to manage the pain. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection.
- Surgeons will provide the patient with instructions about the use of ice on the wound, positioning of the arm while healing and when normal activities can be resumed.
Arm Lift Cost
The cost of Brachioplasty varies from region to region, person to person, and most importantly depends on the training and experience of the plastic surgeon. Before you opt for arm lift surgery, you must be realistic in expectations about the effects of this surgery as well as financial aspects. Consult your doctor in advance and aways know every minute expense in advance.
Most importantly, you must always choose the surgeon who has training and long experience for any cosmetic surgery procedure instead of worrying about few additional bucks. ALCS Clinic offers a detailed consultation to let you know about these aspects of arm lift. The best cosmetic surgeon in Rajasthan takes care of your arm lift surgery at ALCS in Jaipur.