Brachioplasty/ Armlift PDF Print E-mail

Purpose:


To reshape the under portion of the upperarm. The arm lift reduces excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow, reshapes the arm so that you have smoother skin and contours and results in a more toned and proportionate appearance.

 

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Procedure:
Anesthetic: local anesthetic or general anesthetic; Duration of the procedure: 1 to 2 hours
Hospital stay: 1-2 Days                                          
Stitch removal :1 or 2 weeks after surgery or absorbable stitches
Incision length depends on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during arm lift, liposuction may be used. Depending on your specific condition incisions may be more limited. Then underlying  supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

 

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Results
Smooth, tight contours that are apparent almost immediately following  the procedure although initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising. The new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved in appearance and feel.

 

Risks of Arm Lift
As with any surgery, there are risks to consider.  

  • Unfavourable Scarring
  • Infection 
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Blood loss
  • Blood clots
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Major wound separation
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Pain which may persist
  • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
  • Possibility of revisional surgery 

You will be given specific instructions that may include:
How to care for surgical sites following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look out for and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )