Brachioplasty, also known as arm surgery, is a process that removes hanging skin from the underarm area. It’s foreseen for people who would like to reshape their lower portion of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. As a result, you should feel an overall enhancement of both your strength and appearance. If you’re struggling with sagging skin under your arms, this method might offer a solution.
There are numerous reasons why people decide to undergo a procedure like this. Most individuals do it because of the adverse effects of sudden weight loss. Other viable candidates for this procedure include:
- Individuals with excess skin and laxity
- Individuals who are healthy and don’t have medical conditions that could jeopardize the procedure
- Individuals who keep their weight relatively stable
- Individuals with realistic expectations and risk-awareness
However, the best way to determine whether you’re a viable candidate is to schedule a consultation with Adcure!
The preparation process includes a discussion with our doctor about your lifestyle, habits, and desires. During this process, you might get asked a series of questions including the following:
- Why are you undergoing the surgery?
- Your current medical condition as well as treatments you’re taking
- Your use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs
On top of that, the doctor may also:
- Evaluate your health condition and determine the risk factor
- Ask you to stop using certain medications before the surgery
- Ask you to stop smoking at least two to three weeks before surgery (in case you’re a smoker)
- Record detailed measurements and take photos
The lifting of arms procedure usually takes one to two hours and is thus generally an outpatient procedure. However, it may take longer depending on the extent of the surgery itself. In other words, some procedures require additional endeavors such as liposuction that has to be done at the same time.
The surgeon will make an incision usually on the inside of your arm. In some cases, the incision is formed on the back of your arm. As far as the incision size goes, it can span from the underarm to above the elbow, depending on the amount of excess skin that requires removal. People who have lost a significant amount of weight may need a longer incision.
The recovery may cause some side effects such as swelling, bruising, scarring, and seromas. However, those are all to be expected and are mostly mitigated with medications and rest. You may also experience mild discomfort during the recovery phase due to swelling and bruising, but that can also be solved by elevating your arms with pillows to alleviate and reduce some swelling and bruising.
The results of arm lifting are usually long-lasting, as long as you retain your weight and refrain from gaining more suddenly. It’s realistic to expect to lose some of the elasticity and firmness as you age, but that’s completely normal.
Many people who underwent arm surgery usually consider other body augmentations, and if you’re one of those people, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our surgeon!