Also known as an ‘arm lift, a Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to get rid of flabby underarms by removing excess skin and fat.
ARM LIFT (BRACHIOPLASTY)
The appearance of under-arm wings, or sagging skin under the upper-arm is an embarrassing occurrence for some people. Your Plastic Surgeon can tighten skin, smoothen out supportive tissue, remove excess fat and restore the definition of your upper-arm region through performing a Brachioplasty (arm lift).
Caused by a variety of factors like weight fluctuations, genetics and general aging, the signs of the surgery is almost immediately visible and the results will be long lasting if you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight.
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An incision is generally made in the underside of the arm, extending from the underarm to the elbow. The underarm area is quite susceptible to scarring and the smallest incision possibly will be made, but the Surgeon will be able to provide you the exact details of his planned procedure.
If a healthy diet and lifestyle is maintained, the results of this type of surgery could be permanent. Weight gain and medical conditions can cause the returning of this condition and your Plastic Surgeon will be able to give you more tips on how you can maximize the lifetime of your surgery results.
Arm lifts, like all surgical procedures, have some associated risks which will be explained by our Plastic surgery team should you choose to go for it. Some of these potential risks include scarring, skin sensation changes, asymmetry, skin contour irregularities, infection and swelling to mention a few.
You should allow two weeks for the initial healing to occur before returning to your normal lifestyle. Exercise should however be avoided for the 6 weeks after surgery, unless your Plastic Surgeon advise you otherwise.
There’s a range of precautionary measures your doctor will explain to you pre-surgery that include:
- Do not omit health details during your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon.
- Avoid blood-thinning agents and medications like aspirin and herbal supplements including Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and garlic supplements.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, vitamin E, fish oil or any medication containing these products for 14 days before and 48 hours after surgery.
- Avoid smoking before surgery.
After your procedure, it is common, and completely normal, to experience bruising and mild swelling, aching or throbbing. Below are some precautions you can take after your surgery to ensure a full and swift recovery:
- Keep incisions dry when bathing/showering and avoid warm and lengthy baths.
- Wear the compression garment after surgery to control swelling and decrease bruising. Compression garments assist with the shaping and are important to achieve your desired results.
- Take the medications as prescribed by your doctor, which might include antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for up to 6 weeks, but try not to be stationary.
- Surgeons recommend wearing a sports bra 24 hours a day for up to 3 months after breast surgery (confirm this with your surgeon).