Reasons For Choosing To Have an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
There are a number of reasons for choosing to have an Arm Lift. These include:
- To remove excess fat and skin after gaining weight.
- To remove loose skin after losing weight, especially that which hangs down from the upper arm.
- To remove fat deposits in the upper arm area.
- To improve skin elasticity if you are an older patient.
- As well, the potential self conscious issues associated with large fat deposits or loose skin. History has also proven that these areas often don’t respond well to diet and exercise.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – Making The Best Choices For You.
To make the best choices for you and give you the results you want to achieve, it is important to have the right information and to be guided through the process by an experienced Cosmetic Surgeon. The most important decision to make regarding arm lift Cosmetic Surgery is whether Liposculpture / Liposuction could be a suitable alternative. Liposculpture / Liposuction is a less invasive procedure with minimal scarring. Liposuction is generally more suitable to younger patients with good skin elasticity.
Dr Goldman will thoroughly go through this important choice with you. As a guideline here though, if large fat deposits are involved or excess skin and fat hang from the upper arm it is most likely that you will require Arm Lift Cosmetic Surgery rather than liposculpture. If the amount of loose skin/fat is not that significant, “mini arm lift” may be possible. Here, instead off the wound and therefore scar extending from the armpit to the elbow on the inner aspect of the arm, the wound and scar will be from the armpit to just the beginning of the upper arm for about 6 cm.
During a professional consultation with your Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Goldman, he will guide you through each step and provide you with extensive information which will assist you in the decision making process.
Your Consultation – Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
At the consultation with Dr Goldman, it will always be helpful if you have an expectation of the result that you are looking for. Arm Lift Cosmetic Surgery is a major cosmetic surgical procedure taking around 3-4 hours so it is imperative that all options are considered in detail before making a final decision. Dr Goldman will review your areas of concern and recommend the procedure that will work best for you.
During the complete process, from your initial consultation, right through to aftercare, Dr Goldman and his staff are committed to ensuring you achieve the best results from your cosmetic surgery by offering you the highest level of professional care and on going support.
The Surgery – Arm Lift
Dr Goldman performs Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)) often as a day procedure within an accredited hospital facility under general anaesthesia. In extensive cases or if there are other health problems, an overnight stay will be arranged.
The surgical method used depends on the individual patient. Dr Goldman will mark and measure the skin and fat to be removed before any anaesthetic drugs are given.An elliptical incision along the pre marked lines is made.This will be along the inner aspect of the upper arm and armpit . Next, Dr Goldman separates the skin from the underlying muscle layer. The skin flap is then removed. Finally, the wound will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary drain-tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Dr Goldman always uses delicate, internal and dissolving sutures to close all wounds.
There will be visible scarring with Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Cosmetic Surgery although Dr Goldman works to minimise scarring as much as possible. Please note however that much of the scarring can be kept within the boundaries of the inner arm so that with the arm at your side, no scars are visible. Scars begin to fade and flatten from approximately three months to two years onward (poor healing and wider scarring is more common in smokers). Temporary numbness and bruising of the skin is to be expected.
As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, although uncommon, excessive bleeding following surgery may cause swelling and pain. Whilst the majority of patients do not experience complications, you should discuss with Dr Goldman any concerns you may have in this regard. At the consultation your Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Goldman will provide you with detailed Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) information which covers this area in detail and will allow you to make an informed decision whether to undergo this surgery.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Aftercare
For the first few days after your Surgery, your arms will probably be swollen and it is likely that you will feel some pain and discomfort. We will ensure that you have adequate pain medication, and you will be monitored very closely and seen regularly by Dr Goldman to ensure maximum comfort.
Following Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Cosmetic Surgery, you will have dressings covering your wound which will restrict your ability to shower within the first week. During this period, you are limited to a sponge bath. You may be required to wear compression garment for four weeks following your cosmetic surgery. From week two you will be able to shower.
You must commence walking as soon as possible which assists in reducing swelling, lowers the chance of blood clots, and maintains muscle tone. You will need to avoid lifting heavy objects. It is recommended that patients take two weeks off work after the cosmetic surgery. If your job involves any form of lifting, bending or exertion, the time required away from work will increase. If you take longer to heal, provision needs to be made for additional time off. While some people return to work after two weeks, others may need to take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. You should avoid vigorous exercise for approximately 6 weeks.
You will be reassessed by your Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Goldman 14 days after your cosmetic surgery when the dressing are removed. Dr Goldman uses delicate internal, absorbing sutures to close your wounds after your cosmetic surgery. Therefore, no sutures (stitches) need to be removed. Further appointments will be set up for you to see Dr Goldman both 6 weeks and 3 months from the date of your cosmetic surgery.