Loss of arm tone is most often the result of weight loss, however, age can also lead to a loss of elasticity in this area. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot change any extra skin that has lost its elasticity.
Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, focuses on the removal of excess skin on the undersides of the arms, reshaping the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow.
Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited medical facility.
Brachioplasty Before and After
Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote. Your quote will include a fee for your surgeon as well as an estimate of anaesthetist and hospital fees. There may also be costs associated with medication, pathology and post-surgery garments.
In some instances, a brachioplasty is considered medically necessary, and will attract a Medicare item number. If you are insured, your private health insurer may also cover some of the costs of your procedure, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
You will be provided with procedure specific information prior to your surgery with instructions to ensure that you are in prime condition prior to your procedure. You will also be provided with post-operative instructions outlining proper aftercare, including things to be aware of. Our specialised clinical team is available should you have any questions or concerns.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your brachioplasty. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
Discomfort, swelling, bruising and numbness are all normal after a brachioplasty. This will ease over the following weeks, and our clinic team will be able to offer you advice on effective pain management. Directly after surgery, dressings are applied to your incisions. The arms are also wrapped in compression garments to alleviate swelling and support the healing process. To drain excess fluid, you may have drains which will be managed with the help of nursing staff.
Patients need time to rest and recover after a brachioplasty procedure. During the first few weeks after the procedure, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and swimming is discouraged. Smoking should also be avoided to accelerate the healing process and prevent complications.
All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to ensure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.
If your weight is stable but you have concerns about skin excess skin or laxity in the upper arm area you may wish to consider an brachioplasty or ‘arm lift.’
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