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Arm lift (brachioplasty)

For many patients seeking to improve their appearance, the upper arm represents a particularly troubling body part. Despite dieting and multiple arm exercises, some patients feel like they are stuck with either heavy or saggy upper arms. An arm lift (also known as brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. Brachioplasty can tighten this skin so that patients can look as good as they feel.

About the procedure

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms for a more toned, slimmer appearance. Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. Many people are embarrassed by the appearance of sagging upper arms, and seek treatment to restore a slimmer, more youthful appearance.

The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. It is also important that patients are healthy overall, with no major medical conditions that may be affected by surgery.

Am I a candidate?

Arm Lift surgery can be performed on a large variety of patients including normal weight patients who simply need a little tightening. However the majority of patients are massive weight loss patients that have stabilized their weight loss and do not have out of control medical problems. They present with excess skin and fat in their upper arms. Many of these patients complain that their arms feel and look like “bat wings”. Occasionally some older women have a lot of extra skin that is bothersome and would also be reasonable candidates.

How do you prepare?

If you are a smoker, it is recommended that you stop smoking well in advance of the surgery. Smoking can affect your ability to heal. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued prior to arm lift surgery.

Preparing for your arm lift at our policlinic will include discussing a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle with your plastic surgeon, including:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Your medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Your use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

Surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine and measure your body, recording detailed measurements and taking photos for your medical record
  • Ask you to stop taking aspirin-containing products for two weeks before surgery
  • Ask you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before surgery.

During the procedure

During the arm lift procedure, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, often spanning from the underarm to the elbow. Surgeon will then remove excess fat using liposuction, before trimming and tightening the excess skin and suturing it into place. For patients with only a small amount of excess skin, a minimal incision arm lift procedure may be performed, in which a few small incisions are made near the underarm area for a less invasive fat and tissue removal. Doctor will determine which procedure is best for you after a physical exam and discussion of each patient’s individual goals for surgery.

Once fat is removed and skin is tightened, the incision will be closed with sutures that will be absorbed by the body within a week or two. 

Recovery time

After an arm lift procedure, patients will likely experience swelling and bruising, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Drainage tubes may be placed at the incision site to collect any excess blood or fluid for the first few days after surgery. Compression bandages may be worn as well to help promote proper healing.

The results of an arm lift are visible right away, but will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subsides, which usually takes two weeks. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their arm lift procedure and are more than willing to sacrifice a scar for thin, youthful-looking arms. Scars will continue to fade over time to become less and less noticeable.

Precautions

While an arm lift is considered a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Loss of sensation
  • Scarring
  • Permanent swelling

Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you, as well as address any concerns you may have, prior to surgery.

Package

The package includes: doctor's fee, anesthetics, using of operating room, equipment, medicines, accommodation in a double room in the Poliklinika Bagatin the night after surgery, medications associated with the operation, care of the medical staff, the recommendations of drugs that will be taken after the surgery, check-up after surgery.

The package does not include: stay in the Poliklinika Bagatin longer than one night, accommodation costs prior to admission in the Policlinic, telephone charges, preoperative examination (routine blood tests, ECG, chest X-ray), laboratory costs, drugs that are not connected with the operation, and consultations with other specialists and costs associated with other patients disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, thyroid disease, allergy medications, heart disease, etc.

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