Arm lift surgery, otherwise known as brachioplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the upper arms. This is done by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat. The result is smoother skin and better proportioned contours of the upper arms. Arm Surgery is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the upper arms. The procedure tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm, whilst reducing localised pockets of fat.
Where is the arm lift surgery or brachioplasty incision?
The incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. It is also determined by the best judgment of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference. They may extend from the side of the chest to just below the elbow.
If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or removed with liposuction. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Following this, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. The result is smoother skin over the new contour of your arm.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. However, initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
Will I have scarring after arm lift surgery?
Yes, arm lift surgery will result in visible scars. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nevertheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.
What are the potential risks of arm lift surgery?
All surgical procedures carry some risks. The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some potential risks and complications associated with arm lift surgery include:
- Heavy bleeding from an operated site. This may require a blood transfusion.
- Infection that may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery in some cases.
- Allergic reaction to sutures, dressings or antiseptic solutions.
- The formation of a large blood clot (haematoma) beneath an incision site may require further surgery.Complications such as heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke may be caused by a clot, which can be life threatening.
- Pain, bruising and swelling around the operated site(s).
- Visible and prominent scars such as keloids and hypertrophic scars. These scars are raised, red and thickened, and may form over healed incisions. They may be itchy, annoying and unsightly but are not a threat to health. These scars may restrict the clothing you can wear.
- Numbness around operated sites. In most cases this is temporary and will improve over many months.
- Skin that does not heal may require a skin graft.
- Restrictive movement to the tightened skin.
- Excess fluid accumulation under the skin (known as a seroma) around an operated site that may require one or more drainage procedures with a needle.
- Fat that has a poor blood supply may result in a discharge from the surgical wounds or palpable lumps.