Upper Arm Lift, Arm Lift
in Bangkok, Thailand
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the under portion of your upper arms. During an arm lift — also known as Brachioplasty — excess skin and fat are removed from between the armpit and elbow
Figure 1: Upper arms lift incision line and scar
Upper arm lift candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Nonsmokers Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
Preparing for Upper arm lift surgery:
- Blood test, physical examination or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Upper arm lift procedure includes the following steps:
1. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
2. The incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
Upper arm lift recovery:
During your recovery from arm lift surgery; dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Your incisions will be closed either with absorbable sutures, stitches that will be removed within one following your arm lift.
Risks and complications:
- Poor wound healing
- Unsightly scarring
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles
- The fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Pain, which may persist