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 normal body habitus, 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 tissues 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 or assisted local anaesthesia) the excess skin and fat is removed from your arms. Often, the surgical technique involves the use of liposuction to help break up the fat while not harming nerves or lympatic channels. Post-surgery, Dr Reddy will meet with you to see how you’re feeling, and to make certain 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.
What incisions are involved?
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 the requirements. If applicable, Dr Reddy may be able to hide the incisions in the armpit region. Alternatively, in select cases where 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 from work after your operation, but if your work is sedentary you can return after one week if you prefer. We recommend that you wear a compression garment for six weeks.
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.
Arm lift surgery results
The results of the surgery will be immediately evident, with a marked difference in the contour of your arms already noticeable when we remove the dressings. Healing should be finished with the bruising and swelling completely gone, allowing you to see the final results, by 3 months after the surgery.
Can I combine surgical procedures?
Arm lift is often performed to eliminate loose, hanging skin from the lower arms. If you’re a candidate for 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.