An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is available at our North Shore, Norwest and Westmead clinics for patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their arms due to an accumulation of excess skin and fat.
This accumulation of tissues may have developed as part of an individual’s genetics, lifestyle or a significant amount of weight loss. Typically, when the arms are elevated, the excess fat and skin appear to hang beneath the arms.
Dr Chaithan Reddy uses multiple surgical techniques to remove excess tissue from the arms and create more aesthetically pleasing contours that give the upper body a slimmer, healthier appearance.
The arm lift procedure
During the arm lift surgery (which is performed either under general anaesthetic), the excess skin and fat are removed from your arms. Often, the surgical technique involves the use of liposuction to help break up the fat while not harming nerves or lymphatic channels. Post-surgery, Dr Reddy will meet with you to see how you’re feeling, and to make sure that you are at ease and prepared for the recovery process. You can choose to leave the hospital on the day of the procedure or stay overnight.
Arm Lift Incisions
Brachioplasty is a very effective way of removing the extra fat and skin from the arm region. The incisions range from ‘short scar’ to ‘traditional’ incisions, depending upon what needs to be achieved. If applicable, Dr Reddy may be able to hide the incisions in the armpit region. Alternatively, in select cases where the skin tone is preserved, liposuction alone may address your concerns.
Arm lift surgery recovery
We recommend that you refrain from engaging in vigorous physical activities for a month after your surgery in order to minimise the risk of bruising, bleeding or swelling. We also advise you to take at least two weeks off work after your operation, but if your work is sedentary you can return after one week if you prefer. A thin compression garment is routinely worn for six weeks to reduce swelling and promote healing.
Throughout the time that you are recovering from your arm lift surgery, you will come in for regular check-ups in order for us to monitor your progress. During your first visit, 5-7 days after the operation, we will remove your dressings and teach you how to tape the incision lines and care for your wounds.
Dr Reddy will also provide you with additional recovery tips that will help make the process much smoother.
Arm lift surgery results
The results of the surgery will be immediately evident, with a noticeable difference in the contour of your arms once the dressings have been removed. Healing is complete once all bruising and swelling have subsided completely, allowing you to see the final results about 3 months after the surgery.
Combining Surgical Procedures
An arm lift is usually performed to eliminate loose, hanging skin from the lower arms. In some instances, the loose skin extends beyond the arm pit and down the side of the chest. In these cases, Dr Reddy can perform an extended brachiopasty and lateral chest lift to comprehensively address all of the affected areas. This can be very effective in addressing the loose skin that tends to bulge over one’s side bra straps.
If you’re a candidate for brachioplasty surgery, Dr Reddy may also perform the procedure in conjunction with other surgeries that address excess fat, such as a breast lift, tummy tuck, or thigh lift. Keep in mind that combining procedures will affect the duration of the surgery and the recovery time required.
Arm Lift Surgery | Sydney & Central Coast
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Every patient is unique and results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services carry risks that need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained.
Arm Lift Before and After
Arm Lift FAQs
Men and women who have sagging underarms or skin that appears loose due to excess fat can benefit from an arm lift. Patients should also be at a relatively stable weight and have significant upper arm skin laxity. A full consultation with Dr Reddy will help you determine whether this is a viable procedure for you.
It’s natural for there to be some level of discomfort after any type of surgical procedure, including an arm lift. You can expect to experience some bruising, swelling and soreness following your arm lift but this will gradually subside over the next few days. After 1 to 2 weeks, all discomfort will have subsided.
A traditional arm lift requires incisions to be made along the inside of each arm. A mini arm lift, on the other hand, has incisions that are hidden in the armpits. Mini arm lifts are only suited to patients who only have a small amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed.
While there is no way to prevent the natural ageing process from affecting the results of your surgery, leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a relatively stable weight can help maintain the results of your arm lift surgery.
Unfortunately, scarring is an inevitable part of body contouring procedures such as an arm lift. However, there are steps that you can take to reduce the appearance of scars, including following Dr Reddy’s specific aftercare instructions. It’s also essential to protect the fresh scars from the sun by always applying a high SPF sunscreen and taping the scars during the first 6 months. You can also consider using creams that are rich in vitamin E and apply silicone scar gel to reduce the appearance of scars.
The only time that Medicare will cover a cosmetic surgery procedure is if it’s determined that it’s medically necessary. A surgeon would need to provide you with proof that the arm lift is required to alleviate medical complications before coverage will be considered. Medical complications of excess arm skin and fat, include rashes and dermatitis arising from loose skin folds. Dr Reddy can help you determine whether Medicare coverage is a possibility.