Brachioplasty, or an arm lift is a procedure aimed at removing excess skin and fat from the back of the arms, in order to improve the shape and contour. This procedure is sometimes combined with liposuction in order to achieve the desired results. Indications for treatment are frequently due to:
- disproportionate excess of fat
- contour improvement after weight loss
- irritation or pain to skin due to redundancy
The goal of reshaping and contouring any aspect of the body, starts with being in good health, and fitness before a surgical procedure. If you plan on losing weight, aim for a weight that you consider ‘ideal’ before considering a brachioplasty. Being in shape before this procedure will ensure an ideal outcome, and quicker recovery.
This procedure usually takes a couple of hours, and is performed under a general anesthetic. In some cases, you may need to stay in hospital after the procedure for a few days to recover, especially if combined with other procedures. You will need to wear a post-operative garment for several weeks to ensure a good outcome.
The recovery time for a brachioplasty can be variable. For most people, it will be about a week before resuming normal activities. Exercise should be limited in the first few weeks to walking, or inclined walking, and a gradual introduction of lower impact exercise as directed. Walking and movement in the few days after the procedure prevent blood clots, DVTs and lung complications such as pneumonia.
As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, bruising, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with a brachioplasty include the following:
- Asymmetry in size and contour
- Fluid accumulation in the back of the arms
- Irregular appearing skin
- Persistent swelling
- Numbness around the back of the arm
Not everyone is a good candidate for a brachioplasty. Dr. Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.