An arm lift, which is also known as Brachioplasty, is a surgical cosmetic procedure carried out to enhance the appearance of the underlying portion of the upper arms.In an arm lift surgery, the doctor removes the excess skin and fat from the underarms, present between the armpit and elbow. After removal of excess fatty tissues, the doctor drapes back the arms over and contours to provide a more toned look.
You may face drastic changes in weight, age and due to heredity, which can make your upper arms look droopy and saggy in appearance. This is a condition which requires an arm lift as it cannot be corrected through exercise.
You can also go for an arm lift if you have saggy or loose undersides of your upper arms. An arm lift helps your arms and overall figure look better and boosts your body image.
To summarize, an arm lift or brachioplasty does the following:
● Reduces or removes excess sagging skin drooping downwards
● Firms out and smoothens the supportive tissue that underlies beneath arms, thereby defining the shape of the upper arm
● Reduces localized pockets of fat present in the upper arms.
You can be considered as a candidate for an arm lift if you meet with the following conditions:
● Adults having considerable laxity in the upper arms.
● Adults of any age who have a stable weight and are not very obese.
● Adults with overall good health and without any disorders or ailments which may interfere with healing.
● Individuals who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations from arm lift.
The plastic surgeon first begins with administering local or general anaesthesia. Once the anaesthesia starts working and the arms go numb, the surgeon begins by making incisions on the undersides of your arms. The length and pattern of the incisions may vary case to case, depending on how much skin has to be removed.
After the incisions are made, the plastic surgeon then tightens your underlying tissues and closes them with stitches. Sometimes the plastic surgeon may also use liposuction, which is a suction technique to remove fat.The doctor then drapes the skin with new contours after the excess skin is removed. The doctor may use stitches or surgical tape to close the incisions.The procedure typically takes one and a half to two hours.
The doctor covers your incisions with bandages after the arm lift. The arms are wrapped in the elastic bandages so that swelling caused in minimized. To make the drainage of any excess blood or fluids from the arms, the surgeon may also place small tubes in your arms.
These bandages and drainage tube will be removed by the doctor himself when you visit the clinic after two or three days of the arm lift surgery. After this, the doctor may then make you wear a compressive sleeve or bandage for the following few weeks.
After the arm lift surgery, you will have to:
● Avoid any high lifting of your arms above shoulder level.
● Avoid activities with your arms that may cause strain or stretch the incisions for about one and a half month.
● Regularly take the prescribes painkillers and antibiotics to prevent wound infections.
An arm lift can have various risks, such as:
● Scarring: Scars from an arm lift surgery are permanent, but are in the lesser visible areas.
● Asymmetry in the shape of your arms: This may due to changes which occur during the healing process.
● Changes in skin sensation: The repositioning of the tissues in the arm in the arm lift surgery can affect sensory nerves. You'll likely feel some temporary numbness that can last as long as two years.
Problems with stitches: Stitches can sometimes cause inflammation of the area of the surgery, which may then require additional surgery.