WHAT IS BRACHIOPLASTY?
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that's performed on those who have sagging skin on their arms due to weight loss or natural aging.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE USED FOR?
One of our experienced surgeons will cut away the excess skin from your arms to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Occasionally liposuction is used at the same time to remove excess fat.
WHO IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR?
The procedure is ideal for anyone that has lax skin on their arms - often referred to as 'bingo wings'. The procedure is not a substitute for weight loss and best results are seen when the patient is at their target weight.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
An arm lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a long incision between your elbow and armpit. Depending on your condition and situation the incision could be minimal. Be sure and discuss your incision with your surgeon. Segments of skin and fat will be removed and the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted resulting in a tighter, smoother look.
Dressings will be applied and small tubes (drains) may be put in to drain any fluid or blood from the wound. Elastic bandages will be applied to support the area. You will be given medication for pain relief.
Upper arm reduction and lift usually takes approximately two hours depending on the amount of reduction required and whether other procedures like liposuction are performed.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OR RISKS?
- Bruising and swelling
- Numbness of the skin
- Asymmetry of the upper arms
- Dissatisfaction with your results if expectations are too high
WHAT RESULTS CAN I TYPICALLY EXPECT?
It takes around 6 months to see the final result, so it is worth bearing in mind that it is not a quick-fix solution.
BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery to work out if the procedure is suitable for you and the risks and possible complications. The surgeon will confirm what you can expect from the procedure and once you feel you are ready, you can sign a patient consent form.
You will then have a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks before your surgery. A doctor or a senior nurse will review your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision about having the operation. Please take away all the information we give you and spend time going through it. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask us for advice - we want you to be happy with your choice.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon will draw on your arms to guide him during the procedure.
It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and four weeks afterwards.
You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area. You should not engage in any strenuous activities until your surgeon releases you to do so. Your scars will be permanent but will eventually fade. You should allow 9 - 12 months for your scars to flatten and lighten in colour.