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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
So you’ve lost weight and now, as a result, you have ‘bingo wings’. Perhaps you are wondering if you can have the fat removed from arms? Well… why not have an arm lift?
Upper arm sagginess (informally known as bingo wings or flabby arms) is one of the most common problems in body aesthetics. Over time, the skin naturally loses its elasticity due to a variety of factors, leading to sagging skin between the elbow and the point of the shoulder.
While skin is naturally loose in the upper-arm area of the body, excessive sagging can be a result of various factors. Research has determined that the most common reasons for loose skin are fluctuating body weight and ageing.
Our brachioplasty services are the perfect way to combat this, helping you restore a natural, youthful look to your upper arms.
Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery:
- Reduces excess sagging that droops downward
- Youthful arms (Firmer toned-looking arms)
- Confidence boosting (You’ll feel fab)
Frequently Asked Questions (Our FAQs)
How will my arm lift be administered?
There are many ways in which brachioplasty surgery can be carried out. It can be carried out either by removing excess fat or removing excess skin. Ideally, the method is determined according to your needs, and both methods target and reshape the excess skin running from the armpit to the elbow.
Generally, incisions will be made close to the armpit area. At this time any excess skin and fat are taken out before the skin is tightened. Liposuction can be carried out simultaneously with this surgery for optimum results.
A mini arm lift is also possible. It defines the contour of the arm by re-sculpting the arm tissue and removing any excess skin, this then tightens and smoothens the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.
If there are elements of excess skin and fat on the side of the chest too alongside the arm, an extended arm lift could take care of this too.
Is an arm lift painful, will I be under any anaesthetic?
Generally, arm-lift procedures are performed under general anaesthetic. Some surgeons also use additional medicine to numb the area for extra pain control for after the surgery.
How can I help my surgery to be a success?
Avoid using any blood thinners and various other medications should be stopped at least three days before surgery. In addition to this, you should stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery to reduce any risks and complications.
After surgery what should I expect?
Drains may be inserted in some cases following surgery and will be removed after 2 – 3 days. As well as this, you may be required to wear a compression sleeve to reduce the effects of swelling and bruising.
Recovery time can differ between patients. However, patients are generally cleared to return to their everyday routine after a week.
Please note: You will be required to avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Does arm lift surgery leave scars?
In short, yes arm lift surgery does scar. However, our surgeons specialise in making the scars minimal and hardly noticeable. Your scar will reside in the armpit area close to the crease so it will be barely visible nevertheless.
How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?
Typically you will need at least 3 – 4 weeks to recover and heal from an arm lift procedure.
For the first week post surgery, you will be advised to avoid activities that raise your blood pressure as this could cause bleeding in the surgery area.
After 2 weeks you will be able to return to normality.
All incisions will heal after a 24month period.
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