As part of aging we lose elasticity of the skin. This combined with the effect of gravity can cause skin sagginess. One area that this can be significant is the skin of the arm and underarm. This is especially pronounced when significant weight has been lost. The fat is decreased but the lose skin remains. This area does not improve much with diet or exercise as they cannot restore skin elasticity.
An upper arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a plastic surgical cosmetic procedure that reduces excess skin and fat in the upper arm and sometimes the underarm area. It aims to reshapes and better contours these areas. Dr Safvat usually combines this with liposuction to ease the surgery as well as achieving firmer and more toned look.
Brachioplasty is done under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited Private hospital. Dr Safvat only works with highly trained anaesthetics accredited with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
The procedure is done usually as a day-procedure without the need to stay overnight. The procedure usually takes 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Depending on skin tone, and the area with the excess skin and fat, the incisions usually extend from the armpit to the elbow and are designed to be concealed when the arms are held against the body. They may also extend into the armpits. A full-length incision is not always necessary. Dr Safvat will discuss with you how long the incision will need to be.
Arm Lift Recovery
A compression garment is worn postoperatively for 4 weeks. This is to prevent fluid collection.
Arm and shoulder movements may be limited up to a week post-surgery as the skin stretches and settles into its new shape, but full range of movement is achieved after few weeks.
The Brachioplasty scar takes quite some time to settle. Usually by 12 months, the scar will be reduced to a fine white line which is not unsightly. Dr Safvat will go through a scar management plan with his patients.
What to do before arm lift surgery
Smoking has been shown to cause more complications after any surgery. Dr Safvat would insist that his patients stop smoking at least 3 weeks before their surgery.
Also best results are achieved if patient’s weight are stable and they are near their ideal body weight. Brachioplasty is not a substitute for weight loss.