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
A Good Candidate for Upper arm lift
- A person who has significant upper arm skin laxity
- A person whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Nonsmokers Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
Preparing for Upper arm lift surgery:
- Consult with the surgeon about your goal
- 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:
- The surgery is performed under general anesthesia
- The incisions are generally placed on under the upper arms, depending on the surgeon's preference, extending 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.
Post-operative care for arm lift
During your recovery from arm lift surgery includes.
- 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.
- Avoid your arm activities that might stretch the incisions for 1-2 months
- Keep the wound clean and dry
- Take stitches off seven days after surgery
- Follow all post-operative instruction and attend all the appointments.
- 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
- Anesthesia risk
- The possible need for revision surgery
Recovery for arm lift
During recovery, need bandage support for your upper arm for 4-8 weeks to decrease swelling. You will have bruising, swelling, and numbness that will be gone in several weeks. You can return to work one week after surgery. But don't lift or make stretch your arms for 4-8 weeks.