Dr Daood – Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

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After a person goes through dramatic weight loss, sometimes what comes next is the struggle in getting rid of sagging skin. Both aging and genetics have a role to play in this problem, where in some cases it can be resistant to exercise. When the degree of sagging is severe, or is aesthetically distracting, surgical intervention can be done through an arm lift procedure.

1. What is an arm lift?

Also referred to as a brachioplasty, this is a cosmetic procedure, that corrects the skin sagging in your arms. It involves the removal of extra skin, tightening it, and smoothing the tissue. It may also include the removal of extra fat. This can make your arms look toned and defined.

2. Who is the right candidate for an arm lift surgery?

This procedure is appropriate for relatively healthy individuals who are struggling with excess skin on the arms. Redundant skin folds can predispose affected areas to skin infections or fungal dermatitis. These excessive redundant folds of fat and skin can also make it difficult for individuals to fit into clothing. It may also interfere with personal hygiene or impair ambulation.

The right candidate for surgery is one who is physically healthy to undergo the rigors of surgery. Otherwise, one would be advised to undergo treatment to prepare the body first. Mental preparedness is just as important because the patient must have realistic expectations on all aspects of this procedure

3. How does one prepare for surgery?

Physical preparation is important prior to any surgical procedure. You may have to undergo certain tests to ensure that you are physically ready for surgery.

You will also be instructed to avoid blood-thinning medications and stop vices (i.e. cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption) because these can put you at risk for complications during and after surgery.

Along with the physical preparations, one must also be psychologically prepared. The surgeon will check that you fully understand what you are signing up for.

Read about the treatment, ask other patients about their experience, and go for a personal consultation. The information you gather will help you develop a realistic expectation of the procedure.

4. What can I expect on the day of surgery?

On the day of surgery, the surgeon starts by creating markings on your arms. This is to note where the incisions will be made. There are several approaches to an arm lift and this depends on the amount of excess skin a patient has. The most common technique involves incisions on the inside or back of the arms. Another option includes an armpit incision or one that extends to the top of the elbow to the armpit.

Before the incision is made, the cosmetic surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fats. He or she will then remove the excess skin, tighten it and then suture it into place using deep and absorbable sutures.

5. How long does the procedure last?

An arm lift procedure usually takes one to two hours. In some cases, it may take longer depending on the extent of the surgery and other additional procedures that may be performed at the same time.

6. What are the risks involved in an arm lift surgery?

Most patients claim that they experience only mild pain or discomfort after the procedure. Fortunately, this can be relieved by an oral analgesic. Any amount of discomfort will gradually lessen during the next few weeks. If the pain intensity increases, report this immediately to your surgeon so that it can be properly assessed.

All surgical procedures come a certain degree of risk. The possible side effects of an arm lift surgery include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Loss of sensation due to nerve injury
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling of the hands
  • Seromas (fluid-filled masses along the incision line)
  • Scarring

7. What results can one expect from an arm lift surgery?

This procedure can have long-lasting results. However, you must maintain a stable weight and general fitness to keep the results. The effects of aging on the skin may be inevitable but most of the improvement from the surgery will somehow remain.

8. What is recovery like after an arm lift surgery?

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, requires careful management during recovery. Patients wear compression garments and may have drainage tubes to reduce swelling and support healing. They should avoid lifting arms above shoulder level and strenuous activities. They should also follow the surgeon’s guidelines for incision care to prevent infection and promote healing. Although initial recovery is 1-2 weeks, complete healing and results take months.

9. What is the cost of an arm lift surgery?

Usually, the price of an arm lift will be based on a surgeon’s experience, the type of approach used, and the surgical facility’s geographical location. The cost of an arm lift surgery at the Dr. Daood Clinic will slightly vary based on each patient’s case. But, generally, an arm lift cost will include:

  • Anaesthetic fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Prescription medications

10. Is this covered by insurance?

An arm lift surgery is an elective cosmetic procedure thus it is not covered by insurance or medicare.

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