Over the years, or having lost a lot of body weight, the skin of the arms may have sagging appearance. When this is pronounced, there is no treatment that is effective except brachioplasty or arm lift.
Brachioplasty or arm lift is a surgical technique designed to improve the appearance of the upper extremities, that is, eliminate sagging and excess fat and skin from the inside of the arms.What is to be achieved with this surgery it is to achieve strong, stylized arms and harmonious with the body.
Who can practice the procedure?
This surgery is the best option for those patients who have skin with pendant look at the back of the arms. Either because they have undergone significant changes in body weight, because of a diet or after surgery Gastric bypass, or because they have high degree of sagging skin and localized fat accumulation on the inside of the arms due to the passage of the years. If you have a good health, a good candidate for this surgery.
What results can I expect from the procedure?
The arm lift surgery removes excess skin and fat that is formed on the inner side of the arms. Your arms will be much stronger for long, since the effect is permanent. The success lies not only in reducing excess excess skin, but to provide tone, tension and balance the body relief.
Even if the patient gain weight significantly in the years after the appearance of the arms remain stable. Also, the scars will become less noticeable.
During the pre-arm lift surgery consultation the surgeon must understand what the patient wants, explain clearly what the intervention and give a complete view of the whole process. The plastic surgeon will ask about the patient’s health and their expectations for this intervention. Then it will examine arms and recommend the best option according to your needs: remove skin or make a simple liposuction. The final decision is set between patient and surgeon.
Finally you will be given an application for pre-operative testing.
Later will be given pre-operative instructions, you will be asked a few pictures of both arms and a date will be set for intervention. The instructions you are warned that should be fasting from 6 hours before the operation and to avoid ingesting drugs containing aspirin (aspirin, Couldina, etc.) from 10 days before to five days after surgery.
Technical and protocol
The operation lasts lift arms between 1 and 2 hours. General anesthesia is used, so the patient will not receive any pain or discomfort.
After surgery, the patient goes to the recovery room, where it will remain until the necessary time to fully recover. It will place a compression bandage on both arms and given pain medicine so that you are well. Then that band will be replaced by a belt, to be kept for at least 2 weeks.
The incision extends along the inner side of each arm, from the elbow to the armpit, and sometimes on the side of the chest. The scars will improve over time, but it is essential that the patient implement all the recommendations that give the surgeon to gradually disappear.
Recovery and postoperative care
Depending on the extent of arm lift surgery, the patient can go home the same day or within 2 to 4 days. Your plastic surgeon will instruct you to continue care at home.
The patient should use a compression bandage on your arm for several weeks. This reduces swelling and facilitates the healing process. You may also be put on a hose to drain on each arm. These drains reduce the risk of hematomas occur as lead excess fluids from the wound to an airtight plastic bottle.
It is recommended to take anti-inflammatories every 6 to 8 hours. The scar will acquire the color of your skin in a process that can last between 6 and 12 months. The patient can return to work a week after the operation, if your job is sedentary. If it is not and forces him to lift weights or have great physical activity, you must wait two to four weeks.
Who does this?
In our clinic My Cosmetic Surgery, the arm lift is performed mainly by Dr. Fabián Fontaine M.D. and Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D., a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with over ten years experience in providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services.