Arm Lift ( Brachioplasty)
- Cosmetic procedure
- Day procedure only
This procedure is appropriate for people who have excess skin on their arms. The excess skin could be due to weight loss or from loss of laxity in the skin. This procedure is typically requested by females and has a high surgery success rate. It is usually combined with liposculpture in the surrounding tissue. Excess tissue can also be removed or the arm can simply be lifted and tucked just under the armpit.
What happens at the first consultation?
Cosmetic surgery is a personal decision and one every man or woman has their reasons for making. In your first consultation, Dr Norris will focus on your goals, desires and what you hope to achieve from the procedure. He will ask you about your concerns and what you would like your arms to look like. Dr Norris will evaluate your arms by assessing your skin tone, the condition of your arm tissue and fatty tissue. He will measure your arms and photographs will be taken for your medical records. Dr Norris will discuss how the operation is performed and where the scar can be placed. You will then be given a detailed quotation, which outlines your options for surgery. If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation.
Dr Norris insists that all patients must stop smoking 2 months before embarking on any type of cosmetic surgery.
How is the Arm Lift operation done?
Dr Norris performs arm lift surgery in fully accredited medical facilities. You will be introduced to the anaesthetist that Dr Norris works closely with who will give you a general anaesthetic. Dr Norris will discuss how long your incision will be.
Your incision will be sutured closed and these will be removed at day 7. Arm incision lines generally take a little longer to heal due to the quality of skin in that area. Patients must remember following surgery to not stretch the area in case they damage the scar line, which will eventually interfere with the aesthetic result.
What happens after the surgery?
- An arm lift takes approx 2hrs to perform.
- You will be in hospital for approx. 5hrs or possibly overnight.
- You will have drains in for approx. 1-3 days depending on how much fluid needs draining.
- You will remain in a surgical garment for 6 weeks.
- A friend, or responsible adult must collect you from the hospital as you may not drive home.
- You will leave with written post-operative instructions and a prescription for pain-relief.
- Daily short showers are permitted, ensuring your waterproof dressings are dried adequately.
- Within the first 2 days after surgery you will experience the worst of the discomfort, managed by your prescribed pain medication.
- You might have bruising, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity. Swelling may vary from patient to patient and should resolve by 2 weeks.
- Light exercise is permitted after 2 week, such as walking. Resuming normal daily exercise at 6 weeks as instructed by your Doctor.
- You can return to work after 2 week, unless it involves heavy lifting or use of the upper body. You may require to be 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.
Arm Lift: 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 touch, or itchy skin.
- Infection Infections are unpredictable and normally occur in the first 3 weeks after surgery and treated immediately with antibiotics.
- Seroma Is a build up of fluid after your surgery that can sometimes require removal via a syringe in the clinic.
- Poor Scarring Arm reduction/lift scars typically take a little longer to heal and reduce in colour due to the skin under the arms being so fragile and of poor quality. To get around this issue you will receive strict instructions for scar treatment.