What Are Arm Lift and Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty, also known as arm lift or upper arm reduction surgery, is a medical intervention that removes excess skin and fat from under the upper arms. This area is typically affected by massive weight loss (usually following bariatric surgery), hereditary genes or old age.
Benefits of This Surgery
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we simply can’t get our bodies to look the way we want them to. Excess skin can form due to factors beyond our control, such as growing old and genetics. Other times, our attempts to keep our bodies looking good end up being counterproductive. Losing weight has many beneficial advantages, yet it is often accompanied by an inevitable sagging of the skin (particularly in the stomach, arms, legs and breasts) that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Thankfully, brachioplasty can drastically improve the shape of your arms.
To reduce the risk of bleeding during and after surgery, do not take any aspirin or anti-inflammatories two weeks before the operation and one week after. Arrive at our specialized medical centre in comfortable clothing and without any make-up or jewelry. Be sure to tell your doctor if you smoke, suffer from any allergies or are currently taking any medication. It is important to note that smoking can increase the possibility of complications during surgery and may prolong the time it takes to properly heal.
Typically done using general anesthesia, brachioplasty does not require an extended stay at the medical centre. The surgeon will select the most appropriate technique from among different methods, including liposuction, depending on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed. An incision will be made under the armpit or on the inside or back of the arm (extending from the armpit to the elbow). Once the excess skin and the fat have been removed, the skin of the arm will be tightened and smoothed, and the incision will be closed using sutures.
Following your surgery, your doctor will recommend wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and to keep your arm elevated to speed up the recovery process. You’ll also be given a prescription for pain medication to relieve any discomfort, which varies from person to person. You should be able to resume your daily activities two weeks after the surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved when getting an arm lift. Possible complications include:
Montreal’s Brachioplasty Specialists
If you’re considering removing the loose and saggy skin under your arms or you would like to know more about this procedure, schedule a consultation at the Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs. Our team of professional plastic surgeons has the education, training and experience to give your arms a more firm and youthful looking appearance.