Brachioplasty/Arm Lift Surgery
Brachioplasty (also called as an “arm lift” surgery) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that tightens loose and sagging skin, smoothes the underlying supportive tissue and removes excess fat deposits from the upper arms to improve the shape and contour of “bat-winged” arms that develop with age or due to significant weight loss. Crescent-shaped segments of skin and fat from underneath the skin are removed from under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow and the excess skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter and smoother effect. It is usually recommended for people who have undergone massive weight loss or have uncomfortably flabby upper arms.It is often performed after bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
Upper arm lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The procedure can be completed in about 1-3 hours depending on the length of the incision and amount of tissue to be removed.
Following surgical techniques are used to achieve a tighter, smoother & natural contours of upper arms which can be chosen on the basis of your individual concerns and your aesthetic goals.
1.Upper Arm Lift
The upper arm lift gets rid off excess skin/tissue that sags from the upper arm which may be a result of rapid weight loss or loss of skin elasticity due to the natural ageing process. During the surgery your surgeon will create an incision under your arm from armpits to the elbow. The length of incision and location will vary depending on the amount of desired skin removal and the location of the excess skin flap. You may choose any of the following techniques depending on your need
Standard brachioplasty– The incision will made from your armpit to your elbow. To minimize the effect of scarring after healing, your doctor may create either a z-shaped or curved incision during the procedure.
Extended brachioplasty– It is performed when you have severe loose skin. In this surgery, the standard brachioplasty incision will stretch from your armpit and down along the side of your chest wall thus creating a longer incision to remove the maximum amount of excess skin.
Traditional brachioplasty– It is usually performed after bariatric (weight loss) surgery. It involves removing excessive loose skin via surgical excision and gives best result but it leaves a significant scar along the bottom of the upper arms.
2.Mini Arm Lift or Mini Brachioplasty
The mini arm lift may be an option if you have adequate skin elasticity and minimal excess skin and only need minor revision to the skin on your upper arms. In mini arm lift, the incision is much smaller which is generally made in your armpits where the scar will be barely visible. The mini arm lift procedure is good for patients who have moderate amount of weight loss due to exercise and diet, or for those who have developed some excess skin through natural aging.
3.Liposuction of the arms
It is performed when patients have extra fat with or without loose skin in upper arms area and can be combined with arm lift. This is the least invasive manner to contour the upper arms by simply removing extra fat via liposuction. Firstly your surgeon will make an incision along your upper arm, then will trim away excess tissue and will perform liposuction to eliminate extra or displaced fat cells to create a more pleasing shape.
The arm lift is a safe procedure and it can be combined with breast lift, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, thigh lift, facelift, neck lift, and brow lift to achieve complete youthful appearance.
An arm lift surgery can restore a trim, smoother, tighter, youthful contour to the upper arms which can be seen immediately after surgery. The swelling and bruising subside over time but a single scar will remain where the incision was made but may fade over time. The best results are typically seen in two to three months after surgery when swelling has completely gone away. After complete healing your arms look significantly slimmer, tighter and better toned. The results of arm lift surgery will be long lasting but you should maintain a stable weight and general fitness. Following your surgeon’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.
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