DR. MOHAN THOMAS
BEST COSMETIC SURGEON IN INDIA
Brachioplasty / Arm-Lift is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. With age, the skin on the upper arm can become loose and flabby. Plastic surgeons will discuss brachioplasty with patients who want to tighten this skin and look as good as they feel.
A Brachioplasty (Arm-Lift cosmetic surgery) can enhance the appearance of arms that, with age or weight loss, have lost their natural firmness and shape. Patients who have had breast removal surgery may not be able to have a brachioplasty because of the increased risks repeated armpit infections.
Loose upper arm skin is most often related to weight loss. If you were overweight, you are more likely developed heavy upper arms. To accommodate the increased volume of the upper arms, your skin becomes stretched. After weight loss, the skin often fails to tighten, and so it sags. The only way to correct this problem is by an arm lift.
Is Liposuction an Option?
Not if the main problem is from loose skin. The only time Liposuction is a better choice is when there is a lot of fat and the skin is tight. When the skin is loose, brachioplasty is the best choice.
Brachioplasty done under local or general anesthesia. The excess skin to be removed is marked before anaesthesia. The incision extends from the elbow to the arm pit. Only skin and soft tissue is removed from the inner side of the arm. Scars are the greatest drawback of this surgery. In general, those with very loose saggy skin are most likely to find this surgery worthwhile. Those with a minimal amount of looseness will probably not want the scars.
Arm Lift Risks and Uncertainties
Most surgical procedures have some amount of risk. Fortunately, a brachioplasty or upper arm lift procedure is very safe when performed by a certified plastic surgeon. Any concerns or questions you may have will be answered by the doctor during the initial consultation.
After the Brachioplasty Surgery (Arm Lift Surgery)
The arm lift procedure's recovery phase follows the surgery. During this phase, the patient is awakened (if they received a general anesthetic) and moved to a recovery room where nurses monitor the patient's vitals for about two hours. The patient may experience a number of feelings during this time, including, but not limited to, discomfort, nausea or shivering. The hospital staff can assist the patient during this time by supplying anti-nausea medications, pain relievers, warm blankets and other measures.
Length of stay : Outpatient (home same day).
Before Surgery : Avoid taking aspirin or other aspirin-containing products for two weeks. If you are a smoker, stop smoking 2 weeks before surgery.
Discomfort : Mild to moderate. Anticipate 2-5 days of prescription pain medication.
Final result : Will be seen after the scars have matured, which will be about six months.
Bruising : Is rare
Bandages : Will be removed in few days.
Stitches : are usually absorbable.
Back to work : a week to ten days.
Exercise : Cardio may be resumed in 2 weeks.
Your New Look
You will have bulky dressings covering your upper arms immediately after your Brachioplasty. For adequate healing, it is essential to keep these bandages on for as long as you are instructed by your surgeon. Gradually, swelling will decrease and you may remove your bandages to debut your newly sculpted and improved arms.