Brachioplasty is typically performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, contingent upon your health status and the extent of the surgery. The procedure generally takes one to two hours.
In cases of good skin tone or minimal sagging, liposuction can eliminate fat deposits without necessitating extensive incisions. However, when skin elasticity is compromised, as in other body contouring procedures, excess skin must be removed through longer incisions that leave behind scars. The shape and extent of the scar are determined by the surgeon's approach and the chosen method. Three primary types of arm lifting procedures exist:
- Extended Brachioplasty: This involves an incision along the back of the arm, extending from the elbow upwards and down the side of the chest. This method is suitable for post-dramatic weight loss cases, allowing for more extensive skin removal.
- Standard Upper Arm Lift: Characterized by a slightly curved or "z" shaped incision, extending from the armpit to the elbow, this is the common scar associated with most arm lift surgeries.
- Mini Arm Lift: Ideal for slight reshaping, this procedure utilizes a smaller incision, often placed under the armpit.
Arm lift surgeries are frequently combined with liposuction to achieve enhanced toning.
Following the surgery, an elastic bandage or compression garment might be recommended for several weeks to minimize swelling and provide support during the healing process. A small tube might be inserted under the main incision to drain excess fluid. The recovery period typically spans seven to ten days. For at least six weeks, it's important to avoid arm exercises and heavy lifting.
While the initial results of arm lift surgery are visible almost immediately, swelling needs to subside before the final outcomes become apparent. Scars, though permanent, should gradually fade and flatten within three months to a year post-surgery. Read More: Brachioplasty Recovery
Although infrequent, complications can arise, including fluid retention, excessive blood and fluid loss, hematoma and seroma (blood and/or fluid accumulation under the skin), infection, reaction to anesthesia, pulmonary embolism, scarring (keloids), changes in skin sensation, damage to underlying structures, or the need for a secondary corrective operation. Hematoma and seroma might require intervention to drain accumulated blood or serum. Smokers might face exacerbated wound healing complications. During your consultation and before the surgery, all potential risks will be thoroughly discussed.
Ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the procedure and its potential outcomes through a candid discussion with your chosen surgeon is crucial.