Arm reduction and lift (Brachioplasty) is a form of body contouring (shaping). It is normally performed on patients with large amounts of loose or sagging skin on the upper arm.
Liposuction may also be performed during this procedure. An arm lift is not a substitute for weight loss. Best results are seen when the patient is at target weight.
What happens during an arm reduction and arm lift operation?
An upper arm reduction or 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 tight, smooth 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.
Going home after arm reduction and lift
You may need to stay in hospital one to two days. Recovery from this procedure can take one to two weeks. Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon prior to your surgery.
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 color.
What are the complications of arm reduction and lift surgery (Brachioplasty)?
Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.
General complications of any operation
- Infection in a surgical wound
- Blood clots
- Unsightly scarring.
Specific complications of arm reduction and lift
- Persistent or severe pain
- Bruising and swelling
- Numbness of the skin
- Asymmetry of the upper arms.