Arm Reduction surgery is also known as "Brachioplasty".
It is a surgical procedure that aims to lift and improve the appearance of the under portion of your upper arms.
It treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat.
Arm reduction procedure can make your upper arms look more toned and defined.
Why it's done
- Remove excess drooping skin after significant weight loss
- Boost your self-esteem
- Create more youthful appearing arms that better complement the rest of your body.
- Your body will appear more shapely and proportional.
The upper arms tend to droop down and sag after significant weight loss, aging or due to genetics.
This can make some people feel very self-conscious and unable to wear clothing that exposes their upper arms.
People often find that this excess skin is difficult to lose through exercise and a healthy diet alone,
and therefore choose to have an arm lift to correct it.
An arm lift surgery poses various risks, including :
- Problem with stitches
- Nerve, muscle, or blood vessel damage
- Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Asymmetry in the shape of your arms
- Changes in skin sensation
- Pain, which may persist
- Poor wound healing
- Can cause redness and itching
General anesthesia also carries its own risks, including:
- Heart attack
- Death in rare cases
Types of Arm Lift Surgery
- Mini Arm Lift - Mini Arm Lift is similar to that of the full arm lift but on a reduced scale. In this surgery, a small incision is made in the armpit. Mini arm lift procedure are ideal for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight due to diet, exercise and aging. Patients who have lost dramatic amounts of weight or muscle should consider an upper arm lift for more effective treatment.
- Upper Arm Lift - An upper arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a technique used to remove excess skin that hangs from the upper arm. It is a procedure that is ideal for patients who have had a dramatic loss in weight resulting from a change of lifestyle or weight loss surgery. Patients who have lost significant muscle tissue due to aging may also be good candidates for brachioplasty. After surgery, it tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm which gives you natural and beautiful results.
Preparing For Your Arm Reduction Surgery
An upper arm reduction or an arm lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes 90-120 minutes.
Your surgeon will make a long incision between your elbow and armpit. Depending on your condition and situation the incision could be minimal.
Be sure and discuss your incision with your surgeon.
Long-term outlook following Brachioplasty
After brachioplasty you will see the dramatic results right away. It will last as long as you keep a stable weight. It will not stop your upper arms from sagging if you gain and lose a large amount of weight in the future. Scarring will be permanent, but should fade in time but you should have patience as scars improvement may take around more than a year.
What happens after a Brachioplasty?
After brachioplasty you may have a tube underneath your skin when you wake up. You would also feel pain after the surgery. If your pain is severe your surgeon would give you pain medication. You might need to stay overnight in the hospital but some patients are able to go home the same day of surgery. In that case, make sure someone can drive you home. It won’t be safe for you to drive for several days. If you have severe symptoms like redness, draining or fever consult with your surgeon and you should follow your surgeon’s orders for smooth recovery.
Does Arm Lift Surgery leave scars?
Incision scars after an arm lift surgery are permanent, but are typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible. Unfortunately, it leads to scarring which can be seen at the base of the arm running between the elbow and the armpit. Rarely, incisions can result in raised, red scars which lightens up after some time and become less visible. Some non- surgical cosmetic treatments can also be used to improve the appearance of scars.
How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?
Everyone’s recovery experience following an arm lift is unique. Everybody heals at a different rate based on factors such as skin health and overall health. However, in general, partial arm lift recovery takes about 10 to 14 days, and complete recovery process takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
Post Operative Activities
- You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area.
- After two weeks, you may continue your job.
- Body exercises can be resumed after 6-8 weeks.