Brachioplasty surgery is a surgery done to remove all the excess fat from the back side of the upper arm which means the removal of fat from the arm to the elbow. It is also known as arm lift as it removes excess skin and tissues to make your upper arm look younger and toned. It is a type of body-contouring surgery which is done after weight loss and all the extra bulges of fat are removed or can also be signified arms reduction.
Some benefits of the Brachioplasty, arm lift or arm reduction for an individual are discussed below-
- Reduced pockets of fat
- Removing excessive fat
- Tightening of supportive tissues
- Smoothing of the remaining skin
Who all can consider Brachioplasty surgery?
This surgery is right for all those who have recently lost a lot of weight. Due to weight loss, the individual experiences excess hanging skin under their arm and needs to get arm reduction done. When a person gains weight the skin stretches over time and when he/ she loses weight, the skin has enough elasticity to leave sagging skin after the weight loss. This sagging skin due to weight loss is usually noticed under the arm or chin, on the upper thighs, or in the lower stomach area. This is the reason the majority of people are interested in going for Brachioplasty surgery, arm lift or arm reduction surgery to reshape their body and achieve a toned appearance.
The extra folds of the skin cause various problems to the individual such as-
- General discomfort
- Infection due to inflammation and rashes
- Hygiene problems
- Poor self-esteem and low confidence
Risks involved with Brachioplasty surgery
Brachioplasty surgery is a safe procedure but all surgeries have some risks and complications associated with them. The risks involved with brachioplasty surgery depend on the age of the individual, the amount of weight loss done by the person, and other health issues.
There are various risks associated with Brachioplasty surgery such as some discussed below-
- Excessive bleeding
- Difficulty with wound healing
- Asymmetry with the shape of the arms
- Lymphatic tissue damage can cause swelling in the arm
- Damage to nearby nerves
- Problems due to anesthesia such as confusion, heart attack, shock, pneumonia, and death in some cases
- Constant pain
- Blood clots due to pulmonary embolism
- Thick and prominent scars
- Changes in skin sensation
- Problems due to stitches
- Redness of the skin along with fever
The arm reduction surgery may not succeed in providing you with all the expected results and you may require to undergo some other surgery to fulfill the remaining requirements. There will be a big and wide scar left behind after the surgery depending on the amount of fat removed from that area.
What to do-
Before the surgery
Avoid certain medication
You will be advised to avoid aspirin, any inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as all these medications can lead to bleeding post the arm reduction surgery.
Arrange for help during the recovery phase after the brachioplasty surgery Ask your family member or friend to drop you back home and take care of you for some days for healing and recovery.
There are some preoperative examination that needs to be carried out-
- Chest x-ray
- An electrocardiogram
- Complete previous health analysis with current medications
During the surgery
General anesthesia is used to put you to sleep so that you don’t feel any pain during the surgery. You will be relaxed and also awake to notice the treatment is going ahead. The plastic surgeon makes incisions on the undersides of the arm. The size of the incision depends on the amount of skin to be removed. After the removal of excess skin, the surgeon will tighten your underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. The liposuction method is used to remove excess fat. All the incisions are closed and secured with stitched and surgical tape.
After the surgery
After the arm reduction surgery, your hands will be draped with bandages and to minimize swelling the arm is covered with elastic bandages. Small tubes are placed to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You will be advised to visit the doctor 2-3 days after the brachioplasty surgery to get the bandages removed along with the fluid drainage if required.
Some things to be avoided after the arm lift surgery-
- For the initial three to four weeks, avoid lifting your arms above the shoulder.
- For four to eight weeks after the surgery, avoid any kind of physical activity or athletic activity.
- Take medications for pain if needed or take oral antibiotics as advised by the doctor for faster wound healing. Consult your doctor to understand whether the stitches need to be removed or are dissolvable.
Consult your doctor in case of-
- Chest pain
- Breath shortness
- Redness on the skin or fever
- Irregular heartbeat
By removing excess fat from the arms, you will get a toned appearance and long-lasting results usually. Your skin will naturally loosen up with age and will be sagging. Maintain a healthy and balanced weight to overcome this situation. At EVA aesthetics, we provide the arm reduction treatment done by the complete team of experienced doctors along with world class facilities, advanced technology and at a very reasonable arm fat removal surgery cost.