What is an arm surgery and for whom is it used?
The arm lift or brachioplasty is a surgery that restores and gives a more aesthetic contour of the arms. Usually the problem is the appearance of an arm with skin excess by a massive weight loss or a laxity in the skin tone over the years, giving an appearance of having a pendant arms. If the shape of your arms does not make you feel comfortable or if you do not wear sleeveless tops, you may need a brachioplasty.
This surgery removes skin excess leaving a hidden scar under the arm. It can be done alone or in combination with other surgeries.
How our medical team performs this procedure?
Before surgery the plastic surgeon designed skin areas that will be removed. The type of anesthesia is usually with local anesthesia and sedation. The operating time is one hour and a half to two and is about purely ambulatory surgery. Scars are hidden in the lower arm and use special sutures to minimize the risk of forming large scars.
How is recovery and when you see the results?
After the procedure, you can go home the same day. Postoperative pain is mild to moderate and controlled with common analgesics. The day after surgery you will notice a swelling in your arms which is normal and disappears after 3 or 4 weeks. We will ask you to use a compression garments to help decrease the swelling. It is not necessary in most cases to remove the stitches. Sometimes small hoses are left beneath the skin called drains, so the liquid that accumulates after surgery can get out of your body. These are removed from3 to 4 days after the surgery in the office. Usually you can return to your job and drive your car after 4 or 5 days and if you need to use a swim suit, you will feel comfortable in about 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise must wait a month to do it again, and the final results you will see them when the scar mature, usually between 4 to 6 months to fade.
What are the complications that can happen?
As with any surgery complications can occur, however these are unlikely. Basically there are problems concerning the wound, infection and open the wound. Open wounds with antibiotics usually handle it and we close again with sutures in the office. The chances are remote but it is important that you know. A side effect is a scar becomes annoying. We use a technique in which we try to make a hidden thin scar but much depends on your way to heal. In these cases you can treat a wide scar with an office procedure, after a few months. Very rarely there’s been numbness or tingling of the skin, but this is tolerable and disappears after a few months.
Recommendations and Tips
- Make sure you go with a certified plastic surgeon; there are physicians in other areas that offer cosmetic surgery at lower cost but with unfavorable results not to be trained in this area.
- This is a surgery to solve the problem of hanging arms in exchange for a linear scar under the arm. The benefit is having arms with a harmonious outline.
- This procedure is part of the post bariatric surgery and can be complemented with the remodeling of the chest in men and women who have sagging skin on that site. We use a technique that connects the wound below the bust with the arm to improve the appearance of the arm and chest.
- If the amount of sagging skin is mild or moderate the degree of satisfaction is usually discreet. But if the skin excess is much more, the results are spectacular. It is crucial to have realistic expectations of what will happen after surgery.
- Neither diet nor exercise will help your loose an hanging arms. Avoid wasting time and money on methods that are not effective.
- It is important that you come to our office, to see if you need liposuction or brachioplasty. Many inexperienced people offer liposuction on arms that don’t have enough tone to retract the skin and the results become frustrating. It is therefore important that you go with a Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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