No one wants “wings” under the upper arms. Particularly for women, skin laxity on the arms is a distressing part of the ageing process, causing them to hide their arms under long sleeves even when the weather is hot. For people of both sexes who lose a substantial amount of weight, this sagging skin can be embarrassing and unsightly. In spite of what some fitness websites will have you believe, exercise or skin creams will not help in situations where the skin has been stretched beyond its normal elasticity.
An arm lift, known medically as brachioplasty, can reshape your arms to make them more toned, slimmer, and shapelier. The procedure involves removing excess fat and sagging skin, and then reshaping the arm for a more contoured look.
Dr. Yap has provided successful arm lifts for many patients, making it possible for them to wear sleeveless and short-sleeved shirts once again with scars hidden under the arms.
Could an Arm Lift Help Me?
If you are unsatisfied with the look, shape, or size of your upper arms, then you may benefit from brachioplasty. This type of surgery is most commonly performed to reduce excess skin after dramatic weight loss, but it can also firm up arms that age has made saggy. This is a significant surgery that will result in some scarring, so opting to have an arm lift is not something to enter into casually.
Although the procedure tightens your arm skin, it is not a weight loss tool. Gaining or losing weight after the surgery can significantly alter your results. It is best performed when patients have achieved a stable weight close to their ideal.
What can I expect during an arm lift?
An arm lift is typically performed at a fully accredited Medical centre/Hospital surgical facility. A board certified anaesthesiologist will provide anaesthesia care to keep you comfortable during the procedure and in recovery.
The surgical procedure can be completed in about 1-3 hours depending on the amount of tissue to be removed and the overall length of the incision. The incisions run on the under-side of the arms where scars can be seen only if the arms are lifted then liposuction is used to remove any excess fat and excess skin is trimmed.
Surgical drainage tubes are sometimes placed under the skin to help remove extra tissue fluid that can accumulate in the days after the surgery. Dr Yap then closes the incisions with absorbable sutures and dresses the area with sterile gauze. A compression garment over the arms can help support the tissues as they heal.
How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?
The recovery time from an arm lift is 1-2 weeks, and strenuous activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. We recommend surgical compression garment for a few weeks after surgery and to keep arms elevated to reduce swelling.
You can expect some bruising, soreness, and swelling after your surgery, but these should be minimal.
How long does an arm lift last?
While sagging of the skin of the upper arm can reoccur as part of the natural ageing process or in the event of significant weight loss, the results of an upper arm lift are long lasting.
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