Targeting the underside of the arms, a brachioplasty at Clinic 360 helps to remove loose skin and excess fat in order to define the shape of the arms.
An arm lift in aimed to:
- Remove hanging, loose, stretched skin
- Reduce stretchmarks
- Remove excess fat
- Define the shape and size of the upper arms
Types of Arm Lifts
Brachioplasty vs. Liposuction
Since liposuction only aims to remove fat, the incisions used are very minimal. An arm lift targets skin removal too, therefore larger incisions will be made in order to do so.
Scar Treatments Post Brachioplasty
- Stop Smoking: not smoking before and after surgery is required, not only for your health and safety during surgery, but in order for you to achieve proper wound healing after surgery. Smoking can make it very difficult for your skin and underlying tissues to adhere and close, making for a messy scar.
- Silicone: silicone products that come in a gel or sheet form come highly recommended with regards to reducing the redness and texture of newly formed surgical scars. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on when you can start applying them.
- Laser Treatments: There are various types of laser-based treatments that can help diminish the appearance of healed surgical scars. Usually a couple sessions are needed to see the best result.
Recovery & Results After Brachioplasty
You will be able to return to work in 1-2 weeks and will be able to resume your full exercise regime in 6-8 weeks, based on your healing progress.
The final results will appear up to 6 months after surgery once all the swelling has finally subsided. However after each day passes you will notice that swelling and bruising start to disappear. Eating a healthy diet, that includes no smoking will help to facilitate a smoother recovery. Maintaining a stable weight will also help with the longevity of your brachioplasty results. While surgery will not stop the natural aging process from occurring, some firmness is expected to diminish over time, but the results from brachioplasty are considered permanent given a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
Risks & Complications with Brachioplasty
- Poor wound healing, which can result in unsightly scarring
- Seroma- fluid accumulation, that may or may not require another procedure to drain the fluid (based on the size & location of the seroma). Wearing your compression garment helps to reduce this risk.
- Hematoma- excessive bleeding, in which another immediate surgery is needed to stop the site of bleeding
- Tissue Necrosis- this can include fat or skin tissue death, and is rare complication that can occur when the blood supply is compromised for too long
- Reduced skin sensation and/or permanent or temporary numbness
- Infection- there exists an increased risk to infection since the incision is located in or nearby the axilla area. Proper wound care, and hygiene can help reduce risk of infection.