Arm Lift Surgery

Arm Lift Surgery

What are Arm Lift Surgeries?

Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgeries are medical/cosmetic procedures that are aimed at restoring shape and tone to the lower region of the arms, extending from the area of the underarm till the elbows. Arm Lift Surgery 1
There are a number of causes that can lead to the sagging of the arms which include fluctuations of weight, hereditary abnormalities as well as changes induced by age. There are non-invasive methods of managing skin sagging under the arms including exercise and personal training, but these methods cannot fully eliminate the excess fat or skin that visibly sags owing to decreased tissue elasticity and accumulation of adipose cells.
Arm Lift Surgeries can help men and women who have sagging skin in their lower arm regions most effectively with the help of a single cosmetic procedure that can restore contour and tone of the arms along with the complete removal of undesired fat and skin from the area.

What are the Goals of Arm Lift Procedures?

All leading plastic surgeons aims for the following when they perform arm lift surgeries on their patients:
– Effective reduction of extra fat and skin lying between the elbows and the underarms
– Restoration of normal shape, smoothness and contour of the arms
– Restoration of normal tone and proportion
– Giving the desired appearance to the arm


What are the Risks and Complications Associated with Arm Lift Surgeries?

Certain risks are complications are always present with all invasive medical and surgical procedures performed globally. Similarly, there are several potential risks and complications that can be expected before, during and after arm lift surgical procedures. Even though proper care and correct surgical technique can prevent majority of these complications from occurring, it is always important for all patients to inquire about the risks that arm lift surgeries pose, and have themselves examined to determine whether or not they are medically fit to undergo surgery.
All leading plastic surgeons around the world first gain consent of the patient as part of protocol before proceeding to surgery. Some of the common risks and complications that are associated with arm lift surgeries include:

–          Visible scarring

–          Complications and abnormal reactions associated with anesthesia administration

–          Abnormal bleeding, also known as hematoma

–          Accumulation of fluid within tissues, also known as seroma

–          Delayed healing of the wound

–          Infection at the site of surgery and incisions

–          Separation of the wound

–          Formation of blood clots

–          Altered sensations

–          Destruction of fatty tissues

–          Swelling

–          Pain during or after surgery

–          Complications associated with the pulmonary and cardiac systems

–          Loss of symmetry or proportion

–          Damage to vessels such as arteries, vein, capillaries and nerves

–          Muscle or organ damage during surgery


What are the procedures involved in Arm Lift Surgeries? arm lift surgery diagram

Arm Lift Surgeries aim to reshape, add contour and tone and remove excess fat from the arms in a single invasive surgery. The steps involved in a conventional arm lift surgery have been discussed as follows:

  1. Administration of Anesthesia: Ideally, arm lift surgeries are performed by placing the patient on complete sedation of general anesthesia. This is done in order to ensure an entirely painless procedure free from discomfort. Based on the medical status of the patient, the plastic surgeon can recommend the most suitable method and drug for anesthesia.
  2. Creating the Incisions: Keeping in mind that the surgery involves elimination of excess fat and skin from the region between the elbows and the underarms, suitable incisions are made either on the back or under side of the arms. Based on the technique deployed by the surgeon, these incisions can extend all the way from the axilla till the beginning of the elbows. In case of excessive fat in the region, arm lift surgeries can be performed in combination with liposuction procedures in order to efficiently remove extra adipose. The sagging skin is excised to restore shape and contour. The three main types of incisions that are used in this particular surgery are back arm incisions, inner arm incisions and minimal incisions.
  3. Incision Closing: Once the excess fat and skin has been removed and excised, the skin is repositioned and incisions are closed with the help of suitable sutures of absorbable material. These sutures must stay in place for at least two weeks to ensure complete closure of the incisions and wound healing.


Arm Lift Surgery 2Recovery from Arm Life Surgery:

Due to the nature of the surgery and the steps involved in it, patients can see immediate results once they gain consciousness. However, scars from the incisions may remain for several weeks before diminishing significantly or disappearing.
Because this surgery is performed on an extremely sensitive region of the body, it is important to follow all guidelines and instructions given by the surgeon to avoid the development of complications. Strenuous activities must be avoided. Patients must include light exercises including arm lifting and stretching to ensure normal and healthy flow of blood to the region.
Should any abnormal pain or swelling develop, patients must report to the hospital immediately. Analgesic medicines are generally prescribed by the surgeons to reduce post-surgical pain.


Results from Arm Lift Surgery (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

The results of arm lift surgeries become evident and visible immediately after the surgery is completed. This means a renewed feeling of confidence for patients with well shaped, toned arms.
Patients must however note that the results of this surgery are not permanent, and changes can be induced by age or weight gain. Revision surgeries to correct these changes are possible.