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Intro To Arm Lift

Intro To Arm Lift

Those “bat wings” on your upper arms can fly and go away! Not literally, of course, but practically and by a surgery! Bat wings are another name given to the deflated rolls of fat on your upper arms. Apparently, you can let them go away by undergoing a surgery called brachioplasty. A brachioplasty, also called arm lift or arm reduction, is a popular body sculpting procedure that reshapes and tightens the back of your upper arm, from the arm to the elbow. Although brachioplasty is not a substitute for weight loss, it is still very helpful to remove excess skin and tissue and get a smoother appearance for the upper arm.

Benefits of Arm Lift

You can choose brachioplasty (arm lift) to remove the sagging skin of the arm, which is often hard to hide and very difficult to treat with other options. But it doesn’t end here! Indeed, you will get multiple benefits if you choose arm lift surgery, including:

Benefits of Arm Lift
  • 1 Remove excess fat and skin and give your arms a new toned contour
  • 2Restore the elasticity of your skin that you’ve lost due to aging or weight gain
  • 3Stop feeling self-conscious and boost your self-esteem
  • 4Allow yourself to wear tight-fitting clothes as your arm size has gone down
  • 5Get an arm that is more proportionate with the rest of your body
  • 6Feel stronger and more capable of doing harder exercises

Candidates for Arm Lift

To get the best out of this surgery, you need first to find a good plastic surgeon with a proven record. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate. In addition, they might do the following:

 Candidates for Arm Lift
  • 1Order lab tests to ensure that you are in good health condition.
  • 2Tell you to quit smoking because smokers are more likely to experience difficulties during and after surgery.
  • 3Check your arms and take clinical pictures to evaluate the results after surgery.
  • 4Tell you to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • 5You need to plan for someone to pick you up after the surgery and assist you during the first couple of days.
  • 6You need to avoid shaving or waxing your arm during the week before the surgery.

Steps of Arm Lift

Your surgeon will need two to three hours to complete the surgery and they usually follow the next steps:

1. Anesthesia

1. Anesthesia

During arm lift surgery, your surgeon gives you medications to help you relax and feel no pain at all. Intravenous sedation and general anesthesia are two main options.

2. Incisions Making

2. Incisions Making

Your surgeon will make an incision on the inside or back of your arm. Sometimes, the incision runs from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. The length and pattern of the incision are determined by the amount and location of excess skin that your surgeon intends to remove.

3. Incision Closure

3. Incision Closure

Finally, your wounds will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches, which will be removed within one to two weeks later.

Recovery After Arm Lift

You may be able to return home the same day, but in some circumstances, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital. Luckily, you will be able to see the results of your brachioplasty (arm lift) immediately, and they will last as long as you maintain an ideal weight. The recovery phase after brachioplasty also includes:

Recovery After Arm Lift
  • 1You are expected to resume normal activities after one or two weeks, but you still need a few weeks to fully recover.
  • 2Your doctor may attach a drainage tube to the wound to prevent fluid build-up.
  • 3Avoid intense activities or anything that puts too much strain on your arms after the surgery.
  • 4Expect to see some bruising or swelling in the site during the first couple of days after surgery.
  • 5You can wear compression garments to reduce swelling.

Risks of Arm Lift

Brachioplasty (arm lift) is a relatively safe surgery. However, as the case with all surgeries, brachioplasty still carries some potential risks, such as:

Risks of Arm Lift
  • 1Anesthesia-related complications
  • 2Infection, blood blots, or bleeding
  • 3Swelling and damage to lymphatic tissue
  • 4Numbness or nerve damage
  • 5Persistent pain
  • 6Poor wound healing
  • 7Visible scars

If you’re healthy, have a stable weight, and have realistic expectations, then you might be a good candidate for brachioplasty (arm lift). The surgery might also be a great option in case you’re: Wanting to reduce the appearance of excess skin on your upper arm Having enough loose skin and elasticity. Nonsmoker

Yes, saggy skin under the armpit is very common but can be easily eliminated by brachioplasty.

Yes, it is normal.

It is better to be within 5-7.5 kilos of your weight range after the surgery. If you are obese, you can consult your doctor about other options.

Yes, fat can return to your arms if you gain weight againt after the surgery.

Surgical tapes and silicone gel are among the best treatments for scars as they can reduce their appearance.

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