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What is Arm lift?
Arm lift, arm dermolipectomy, or brachioplasty all refer to the same surgical procedure used to improve the appearance and firmness of the arms in cases of severe flabbiness in the inner area between the elbow and the armpit. This flabbiness can result from an individual’s natural constitution or significant weight loss.
Excess skin on the arms can cause not only social limitations and self-esteem issues but also physical discomfort such as ulcers, chafing, and other problems. We have several approaches to address excess upper arm skin and loose skin, depending on the patient’s specific needs.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight and have considerable excess skin, standard brachioplasty surgery may be the most appropriate treatment. This procedure involves making an incision from the elbow region to the armpit to remove a section of skin and fat. The area is then lifted for a tighter appearance.
If your skin has a relatively good tone, a mini arm lift may be an option. The benefit of this procedure is that scarring is hidden entirely within the armpit. Vaser liposuction surgery can also be suitable for some patients, helping to reshape and contour the upper-arm area.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires an overnight hospital stay. It’s important to consider the individual healing process, which varies from patient to patient but usually takes around six weeks.
This involves removing excess skin from beneath the upper arm. The traditional brachioplasty involves a long scar which will run along the arm from the underarm towards the elbow. If necessary, liposuction will also be undertaken to remove any excess fat. This method is suitable for those who have lots of excess skin which they are wanting to remove. The downside to this procedure is the long, visible scar which runs down the upper arm. However, if you choose to undertake this surgical method, your surgeon will be able to advise you on ways which you can help the scar become less visible over time.
Minimal incision brachioplasty
For those who do not wish to undergo an arm lift because of the long scar, there are other options. Those who have good skin elasticity and who have less excess skin to remove may be suitable for the minimal incision brachioplasty.
This method allows for the incision to take place under the arm, making it much less visible. This option may not be suitable for those who have a large amount of excess skin and those who have poor skin laxity, as you may not be able to remove all the excess skin and will not be able to achieve the best results.
Minimal incision brachioplasty
Some people may find the excess skin extends from the arms and is also present on the chest. If this is the case, the extended brachioplasty may be the best method. This involves the same incision as the traditional brachioplasty, with an incision running from the elbow to the underarm. However, the incision for the extended brachioplasty continues under the arm and onto the chest wall to allow for the removal of further excess skin.
What to expect
To minimize the risk of potential complications, we do not recommend brachioplasty for older patients, diabetics, or patients with high blood pressure or heart conditions. It is advisable that the patient be younger or middle-aged and in good medical condition.
For smokers, it is imperative that they stop smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks after the surgery. This is one of the factors that have a significant impact on the surgery’s outcome and the healing process.
Before any surgical procedure, especially before brachioplasty, patients need to stop using painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid such as Aspirin, Andol, or Acisal, if they usually take them. This is a crucial factor in a patient’s preparation for the surgical procedure, as it prevents possible bleeding and hematomas during and after the procedure. Following this instruction makes the recovery faster and more successful, and the operation’s outcome is improved.
Frequently asked questions
After recovering from brachioplasty surgery, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. If your weight fluctuates, it can affect the results of your arm lift. The results are long-term, although it’s natural to lose some firmness as you age.
In a standard arm lift, the scar is a straight line from the armpit to the elbow. Our surgeons are highly experienced in minimizing scarring, and the scar is placed along the inside of the arm, making it less visible. For the mini arm lift, the scar will be hidden in the armpit. If you have Vaser liposuction surgery, several small incisions are made, resulting in less scarring than standard arm lift surgery.
After about six weeks, the swelling will begin to subside. Over the next few months, you will start to see the final results of your arm lift.
It’s common to experience some pain and discomfort following your surgery. This pain only lasts for a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
You can return to your normal routine after around seven days. However, going back to work will depend on your job.
You can resume physical exercise one month after surgery. In the case of contact sports or those involving weightlifting, you must follow the advice of your surgeon.