Arm lift or brachioplasty surgery removes excess skin and fat from the underside of the upper arm. Upper arm tissue laxity may simply arise with age, as skin thins and tensile strength reduces.
Alternatively, circumferential upper arm and chest wall skin laxity may affect individuals of any age following major weight loss. The degree of skin excess in the upper arm can be variable – sometimes it is confined to the axillary (armpit) area, but more often it extends further down towards the elbow. The extent of the surgery necessary naturally reflects this variation.
Surgery is almost always a combination of liposuction (removing fat) and direct skin excision (tightening contour). Surgical incisions are designed so that associated scars are concealed as much as possible, positioned towards the back and on the inside of the upper arm.
The procedure requires a general anaesthetic and an overnight inpatient stay. The ‘downtime’ following surgery is relatively short with patients typically returning to office-style work within two weeks. Arm toning exercises can usually be commenced at six weeks and complement surgery in promoting a more athletic contour to the upper arms.
To see if you are the right candidate for surgery, set up an in person consultation with Mr Miles Banwell by contacting our office by online form or by phone.