…. trim & tighten loose & bulky upper arms!
An Arm Lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the underside of the upper arms by removing the excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow that has resulted from ageing or significant weight loss.
If you feel self-conscious about the way your arms look, this procedure will restore your confidence by giving you a greater choice of clothing options, as well as the ability to again wear sleeveless tops in public.
Advanced degrees of the deformity are sometimes described ungraciously as ‘Bat Wings’.
If there is also a lot of excess fat present, Liposuction will need to be included to deliver an even slimmer result.
Although an Arm Lift can be performed on both women and men, most patients requesting this correction are women over 40 years who have either gained or lost weight in combination with a loss of skin elasticity.
The results of an Arm Lift are typically long-lasting. Remember, however, that your skin will naturally lose some firmness as you age and some sagging might recur. Nevertheless, maintaining a stable and healthy weight can help keep your improved appearance.
Are there any worthwhile non-surgical alternatives?
Unfortunately, NO. No amount of upper arm exercises can shrink the loose and saggy skin that has come about from loss of skin elasticity.
Nor can non-surgical treatments that claim to tighten skin ever replace a surgical Brachioplasty if such is truly required.
Why won’t liposuction alone fix the problem?
If your Upper Arms are not excessively bulky and your skin elasticity is still satisfactory, Arm Liposuction alone could suffice.
If, however, your Upper Arm appearances are bulky from excess fat as well as saggy due to loss of skin elasticity, an Arm Lift WITH Liposuction will be required. Performing liposuction alone in such cases will reduce the bulk but it cannot tighten the loose skin, and with the bulk reduced, the loose skin will look even looser!
How is an Arm Lift performed?
Brachioplasty needs to be performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia and can take anywhere from 2½ to 4 hours to do depending on the extent of the surgery.
Your surgeon will first mark the excess skin to be removed with you in a standing position. The incision will probably run from your armpit to the elbow on the underside of your upper arm where the final scar will be less visible. The length and pattern of the incision will depend on how much skin needs to be removed.
At surgery, any liposuction of excess fat required is firstly carried out. Then, the excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is re-draped over the improved arm shape and the incisions are closed.
If your Arm Lift has been a more extensive one, you will need to stay in hospital overnight. Otherwise, you can return home after a short stay in Recovery but you cannot go home alone. You must be escorted by a responsible adult who can also assist you in the early post-operative period.
Post-Operative Course & Recovery
When you wake, you will find your arms wrapped in bandages to minimise swelling and you may have a small drainage tube in each arm to drain away any excess blood or fluid. If drainage tubes have been put in place, they are usually removed the next day. Once the bandages and drainage tubes are removed, you will need to start wearing your Compression Garment. This needs to be worn for the next 6 weeks to help your arms heal faster and produce a better final result.
Although your new upper arm shape will be apparent immediately after the surgery, bear in mind that the arm tissues are still swollen and it will take 3-4 weeks for most of the swelling to subside.
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Is an Arm Lift eligible for a Medicare Rebate?
If done purely by Liposuction, an Arm Lift is NOT eligible for a Medicare Rebate.
If done by Brachioplasty Surgery (with or without Liposuction), you may be eligible for a partial Medicare Rebate. If your Brachioplasty is eligible, and you also have Private Hospital Insurance, a variable portion of the Hospital Fees can also be claimed depending on your Fund and your Level of Cover.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In a Brachioplasty, the scar extends from armpit to the elbow but is located on the underside of the upper arm where it is less visible. Initially the scars are pink but gradually lighten and soften and for most patients end up as flat white scars. However, if you have pigmented or lumpy scars from previous surgeries, you may form similar scars after a Brachioplasty.
If indicated, liposuction will be added to a Brachioplasty to deliver an even slimmer upper arm appearance.
When you wake from your surgery, you will find each arm wrapped in a compression bandage to prevent blood and fluid collecting under the skin These will be replaced the next day with a lighter compression garment which needs to worn for the next 6 weeks to help the arm tissues shrink to their new size.
If you are in sedentary type work, you will be able to return to work sooner than if your work is more physically demanding. Our Surgeon will customise their advice to you in this regard once they have considered the exact type of work you do.
If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for 2 weeks after your surgery as smoking can slow your healing. Alcohol should also be avoided during the first week. Take things easy during the 1st week. Gentle walking is encouraged to prevent Leg Clots but do not over-exert yourself. You should be able to start gradually returning to gentle daily activities after the 2nd week but avoid arm activities that could stretch the incisions for at least 8 weeks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.