A Brachioplasty, known as an Arm Reduction or Lift, is a surgery suited to those who have lost a significant amount of weight, or have considerable sagging of the upper arm skin.
Brachioplasty involves the surgical removal of the loose skin via an incision between the armpit and elbow. This incision is rather long but does fade well when sutured by a highly experienced plastic surgeon. Our plastic surgeons often use liposuction during the procedure to improve the shape and contour of the arms.
Usually Brachioplasty can be performed as a day procedure in one of our fully accredited hospital facilities, however your surgeon will advise the best option for you. Patients will need to wear a specialised compression garment for around 6 weeks to aid recovery.
Recovery from a brachioplasty surgery
Patients can usually return the work within a week or when they feel comfortable. Driving should be avoided for 1-2 weeks. Light exercise is recommended, but weights using the arms should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Risks associated with brachioplasty surgery
Risks involved with Arm Reduction surgery include asymmetrical scarring, infection, haematoma and seroma. Although these risks are uncommon, they can still occur. It is recommended that patient become familiar with possible complications prior to surgery.