Arm Lift Brachioplasty Sydney

  • Cosmetic procedure
  • Day procedure only

Brachioplasty is a procedure that’s suitable for patients who have excess skin on their arms. The excess skin could result from significant weight loss or general skin laxity.

Arm lift (brachioplasty) is usually combined with liposculpture in the surrounding tissue.

Excess tissue can also be removed, or the arm can be lifted and tucked under the armpit.

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics and lifestyle.

Arm Lift Brachioplasty Before and After

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1 – Form & Face patient before and after Arm Lift Brachioplasty

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2 – Form & Face patient before and after Arm Lift Brachioplasty

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3 – Form & Face patient before and after Arm Lift Brachioplasty

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4 – Form & Face patient before and after Arm Lift Brachioplasty

What happens at the first brachioplasty consultation?

Cosmetic surgery is a personal decision, and every patient has their reasons for deciding to undergo a procedure of this nature. During your first consultation, Dr Norris will focus on your expectations and learn more about what you want to achieve and why. Dr Norris will then evaluate your arms by assessing your skin tone as well as the condition of your arm and fatty tissue. He will also measure your arms and take photographs for your medical records. Dr Norris will then discuss how the operation is performed and where the incisions can be placed. You will then be given a detailed quotation, which outlines your options for arm lift brachioplasty surgery. Use this first consultation to ask as many questions as needed about the procedure. If you proceed with brachioplasty surgery, Dr Norris will see you again for a second consultation.

It’s highly recommended that all patients stop smoking two months before any type of cosmetic surgery procedure. There are also specific medications and supplements that will need to be avoided in the weeks leading up to the surgery – Dr Norris will explain this to you during your second consultation.

How is the arm lift brachioplasty operation done?

Dr Norris always performs arm lift brachioplasty surgery in fully accredited medical facilities. Before you are taken into the operating room, you will be introduced to the anaesthetist administering your general anaesthetic. Dr Norris will also take you through the final details of your incisions and what’s going to happen during surgery.

The type of incision used will depend on how much skin and excess tissue must be removed. Most of the time, incisions are made under or at the back of each arm. From there, the excess tissue and skin will be removed. The underlying structures of the arm may also be reshaped and tightened if necessary. The entire procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours.

The incisions will be sutured, closed, and removed after about a week. Arm incision lines generally take a little longer to heal due to the skin quality in that area. Patients must remember not to stretch the area too soon after surgery, which could damage the scar line and interfere with the aesthetic result.

What happens after the surgery?

  • Following surgery, you will need to spend several hours in recovery. Sometimes, patients will need to spend a night in the hospital.
  • Drains will need to be in place for 1-3 days, depending on how much fluid needs to be removed.
  • Each arm must wear a compression garment for at least six weeks.
  • A friend or responsible adult must collect you from the hospital as you may not drive home – this is due to the aftereffects of the anaesthetic.
  • You will leave with written post-operative instructions and a prescription for pain relief, which will help make your recovery more comfortable.
  • Daily short showers are permitted, provided your waterproof dressings are dried adequately.
  • Pain and discomfort will peak two days after surgery, but this can be managed with prescription pain medication.
  • You will likely experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity. Swelling may vary from patient to patient, most of which will subside within two weeks.
  • Light exercise will be possible two weeks after the procedure. However, your regular exercise routine can only be resumed after six weeks if Dr Norris clears you for it.
  • You can return to work after two weeks unless it involves heavy lifting or use of the upper body. You may need to take on light duties for up to 3 weeks.
  • A follow-up appointment will be booked for you on day 3 or 7 after the operation. This is to check your wounds and change the dressing.

How much does an arm lift brachioplasty surgery cost in Sydney?

Brachioplasty is a personalised procedure, and every patient has slightly different requirements, which affects the final cost. There are also hospital, anaesthetist and aftercare costs to take into consideration. The only way to get the most accurate cost possible is to schedule a consultation with Dr Norris. If an arm lift brachioplasty is required because a patient is experiencing skin rashes and ulceration, the procedure will more than likely qualify for a Medicare rebate, or it will be covered by private health insurance. You can speak to Dr Norris about this possibility during your one-on-one consultation.

Possible complications

  • Haematoma – A collection of blood in the incision area, which is either naturally absorbed into the body or sometimes requires further surgical drainage. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising, hot to the touch, or itchy skin.
  • Infection – Infection can occur if microorganisms enter the incision sites. Any type of infection should be treated as soon as possible using antibiotics.
  • Seroma – This is a build-up of fluid after surgery that can sometimes require removal via a syringe in the clinic.
  • Poor Scarring – Scars from an Arm Reduction/Lift (Brachioplasty)generally require more time to heal due to the delicate nature of the skin under the arms. To address this, you will receive detailed instructions for scar care.

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