Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an ‘arm lift’, involves the removal of excess fat and skin on the upper arm that is often referred to as a ‘bat wing’. The majority of men and women who opt for this surgery are those who have lost a lot of weight. These patients often find that while they have lost the fat in the upper arm, the loose skin stays behind. While our skin does have the ability to bounce back somewhat, it is not enough to tighten the skin on the arm as most would like.
There are three different types of Brachioplasty based on the extent of the work needed. Whether you have some fat and skin under the arm that you’re not happy with or excess fat that extends down the length of the arm and even along the sides of the chest—there is a Brachioplasty technique for you. The extent of the work done will determine the location and extent of the scars, as well as the recovery time. The incision (the length of the scar) and the location of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that would require removal. The incision is commonly placed on the inside or the back of the arm and this decision will be made with Dr. Beber during your in-depth consultation. In cases where there are more skin to be removed, the incision can extend from the underarm to the elbow. When there is fat that would require removal, liposuction of the fat will be performed then.
Brachioplasty is usually performed as a day-surgery procedure. It can also be combined with other body contouring procedures. Commonly Brachioplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. You will require a responsible person to take you home and stay with you overnight. A prescription will be written for pain management.
After Brachioplasty, a smoother contour will be the result and it will be apparent immediately after surgery. Patients are required to wear special garments under their clothes for several weeks after surgery that gently compress the arms to minimize swelling and bruising and aid in recovery. There are sutures that will require removal 2 weeks after surgery. Dr. Beber will see you for follow-up at 5 days, 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after your procedure.
The risks although rare associated with Brachioplasty are infection, bleeding, unfavourable scarring, poor wound healing, asymmetry and skin loss. Dr. Beber will review the risks associated with this procedure and specific risks associated with your predetermined health condition.
The most important thing to realize about Brachioplasty procedures is that they require the placement of a permanent scar down the inside of the arm from the armpit to the elbow. Therefore the amount of skin hanging from the upper arm must bother you enough to make this scar worth it. For those with significant amounts of hanging arm skin after weight loss, the scar is often worth the improvement in the arm contours.
For more information please contact Dr. Beber for a personal consultation.