Upper arm lift, also known as the medical term Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used in removing excess skin from under the upper arms.
An upper arm lift, which is also called an arm tuck or arm lift, tightens and firms upper arms, providing a more youthful contour.
Benefits of an Upper Arm Lift
An Upper arm lift benefits men and women of all ages and from all origins, with extra fat and skin after losing significant amount of weight.
The Upper Arm Lift Procedure
An upper arm lift is done as an outpatient procedure, usually administering either local or general anesthesia. A typical upper arm lift takes about two hours.
During the upper arm lift, three kinds of stitches are used to lessen scarring and keloids. Dissolving stitches are used within the arms, a mid-layer incision for holding the cut closed and a thin stitch on the outer wall to leave small scars.
The upper arm lift begins by a zigzag incision on the upper arm’s skin. Excess skin and fat are removed. The left and right skin is then stretched to meet and will be stitched together.
A dressing or gauze is placed on the incision area and a compression garment is placed to support the arms.
Recovery After Upper Arm Lift Procedure
Immediately after the upper arm lift, painkillers are given to counter discomfort. Some patients will require a thin rubber drain placed into the arm to help the skin hold faster to the tissues. These drains will be removed a week or two after the arm lift.
Swelling and bruising will gradually fade over three to four weeks. Although it may take at least four weeks for a full recovery, patients may resume work a week after the arm tuck.
Patients are recommended to refrain from lifting heavy objects and keep the arm elevated to reduce discomfort.
The scars from an upper arm lift may take five months to two years to completely fade and disappear. However, this may depend largely on how fast a patient heals.
Over time, the incisions from the upper arm lift will heal and eventually disappear. The procedure will improve the contour of the upper arm.
Although the results of an arm lift may remain for many years, pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss may cause possible sagging of upper arms.
In addition, other factors, such as age and gravity, can determine the results of an upper arm lift.
Surgical facility And Cost
An upper arm lift is usually performed in a surgical suite, office-based facility or hospital.
The cost of an upper arm lift may range from $1,500 to $4,500, depending on the extent of individual procedure.
Side Effects, Risks, Complications and Contradictions
Temporary side effects of an arm lift include bruising, swelling, numbness and discomfort, which may last for a day or up to two months, depending on individual cases.
Since an upper arm lift requires an incision, it will definitely leave a scar. For some patients who do not heal well, a thick and heavy scar may remain permanently.
Risks of Brachioplasty, although uncommon, include bleeding and infection. Serious complications include blood clot, allergic reactions to anesthesia and embolus response to drugs.