What is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce excess fat and skin around the arm, improving its shape and outline. Brachioplasty is often referred to as an arm lift. Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with this procedure, however it is not always necessary.
Why Do People Get Brachioplasty?
There are 4 main reasons as to why women may consider Brachioplasty. These include:
Following weight loss, patients can experience excess or sagging skin. Brachioplasty can correct this and re-shape the contour of the arms.
One of the most significant effects of the ageing process is its impact on the elasticity of our skin. Over time, our skin naturally loosens and can begin to sag. Arm Lift surgery can be used to tighten and tone up these areas, helping to restore a more youthful shape.
Insecurity due to excess skin/stubborn fat on the arms
For patients who have been living in long-sleeve shirts or jumpers, and feeling too ashamed or insecure to show off their arms, brachioplasty might be something to consider.
Please refer to our before and after Brachioplasty Arm Lift gallery here (LINK).
Struggle to tone at the gym
Sometimes, despite intense training, genetics can get the better of us. And if this is the case, arm lift surgery can help correct or alter problem areas. Sometimes a healthy diet and strict exercise regime won’t eliminate sagging skin and stubborn fat on the arms. Liposuction, possibly with skin excision may assist to improve the contour of the arms in these patients.
Common Questions Regarding Brachioplasty Surgery
What is the arm lift surgery recovery like?
Typically, for the first two weeks after surgery, arms will appear red, swollen and bruised. Pain the along with bandages may limit the range of movement. We recommend sleeping with pillows under the arms and to restrict any pressure onto the arms after surgery, for example when getting out of bed.
To help with bruising and swelling, compression sleeves are worn for the first 4 weeks, post-surgery.
Will I get scars?
Scars are inevitable with any invasive plastic surgery procedure. Brachioplasty incision are made on the inside part of the arm or the back of the arm. Typically the scar runs from the elbow up towards the armpit.
When can I get back to normal day-day activities?
It is important to avoid any activities for four weeks post-surgery. These include: sport, cleaning the house, going to the gym, and any sexual activity. Any activities that use the arms strenuously, such as tennis should be avoided for 6-8 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Mark Hanikeri is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. In Australia Specialist Plastic Surgeons have studied surgery for a minimum of five years. Additional to study, they have at least 13-14 years of total medical and surgical education. For more information contact us via our website here or call to book a consultation.
Western Australian Plastic Surgery Centre
25 McCourt Street
Western Australia 6008
Telephone +61 8 9380 0311