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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Whether from age or from massive weight loss, sometimes the skin and fat between a person's underarm area and their elbow becomes excessive. When this happens, it can be difficult to correct this with diet and exercise alone. However, this can frequently be rectified through cosmetic surgery.

Brachioplasty is the medical term for arm lift surgery aimed at removing excess skin and fat from the upper regions of a person's arms. The reshaping procedure results in smooth skin and contours that may have been lost prior to surgery. More toned and proportionate arms are achievable when you chose to undergo arm lift surgery with Refresh Cosmetic Surgery.

Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery include men and women of normal weight and good health. Typically, patients have had trouble tightening their upper arm area, despite their efforts to do so. Very often, patients have experienced rapid weight loss, usually through bariatric surgery, and are now suffering from excess, sagging skin. Among these patients, it is common to for patients to describe their arms as having 'bat wings'.

The arm lift surgery will depend on the severity of the excess skin and fat. For example, if the amount of upper arm fat is minimal, liposuction may be recommended instead of a surgical lift. However, a full lift may be necessary for patients suffering from a combination of sagging skin and excess fat deposits. In certain cases, the surgery can be done very minimally, leaving only a small scar near the arm pit (short scar brachioplasty). In other cases, a longer scar running all the way from the elbow to the chest, may be required. At Refresh Cosmetic Surgery, arm lifts are done both under local or general anaesthesia, depending on patient choice and health status.

Once the procedure has been performed, patients quickly notice a dramatic reduction in the excess skin and fat. Frequently, patients comment on their increased confidence and self image, with fewer restrictions on what they can wear. Full recovery takes a couple of weeks and most patients are driving within 5 days.

If you would like to find out more about an arm lift or a brachioplasty, please call us to arrange a FREE consultation.