Arm lift surgery (also known as “brachioplasty”) is one of the popular branches of the cosmetic surgery procedures. In this operation, the surgeon uses incisions in your upper arms and correct the saggy skin by cutting and stretching it.
Brachioplasty has been proven safe, effective and easily reproducible and it consistently produces a high level of patient satisfaction.
If you have a fatless or thin-fatty area of which skin is sagging, you probably will need to straighten this skin. Arm lift surgery is the answer to this necessity. After the surgery, you will feel satisfied with the look of your arms comparing the before and after images. You will seem to tighten and younger, you won’t need to hide your arms under your clothes anymore.
To give you a general idea of arm lift surgery, we are going to answer mostly-asked questions in this article.
If you have already decided to have it, you can directly contact us to make your search much easier.
How Is Arm Lift Surgery Done?
Once you decide arm lift surgery and find a good clinic to perform it, you need to start to prepare. The preparation needs to begin 1 or 2 months before the arm lift surgery.
When preparing for arm lifting surgery, you should follow these recommendations:
• Complete your lab tests or medical reviews your doctor wants to see
• Take your prescribed medication before your surgery and be sure to inform your doctor about your current medications
• Stop smoking
• Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they may increase bleeding
• Arm lifting surgery should be performed in an accredited surgical facility or a fully equipped hospital under appropriate hygienic and physical conditions.
• Don't forget to arrange someone to take you home from the hospital after the operation and stay with you at least the first night after the operation.
There are several methods for arm lift surgery. The most common one involves incisions inside or back of your arms. Other ones include an armpit incision or extended incision from the top of your elbow to your armpit.
It is of great importance that the surgeon is closely involved with your complaint and has a thorough physical examination. Your surgeon will examine you by holding your upper arm upright and outstretched. After observing the skin laxity and excess fat tissue in the upper arm, elbow, and axilla, your surgeon will decide which type of operation to perform.
Depending on the surgical method chosen by your doctor, local or general anesthesia can be performed. Surgeons enter the arm in the guidance of the marks they draw and tighten or shape the tissue in your upper arm depending on your needs. They then pull back your skin onto the tissue and cover the surgical wound with minimal visible sutures.
If you have excess fat pockets in your arm that can make the healing process difficult and prolong, your doctor may use the liposuction procedure at the same time to remove the fat. The whole Arm Lift procedure usually takes three hours.
Does Arm Lift Surgery Leave Scars?
As the operation area is in sight, the scars of the incisions could be a problem during the recovery process. You need to know that there is no arm lift surgery that performs without scars. Although there is a short-scar Brachioplasty surgery as an alternative among the types of arm lift surgery, this can only be applied to the patients who have excess skin in their upper posterior arm around the armpit.
During the operation, it is vital to fully determine the mid-point of the medial epicondyle of the elbow and axillary fold. If this mid-point is properly adjusted, it may be possible for the surgeon to minimize scarring from the anterior or posterior aspect of the patient while standing.
In the frequently used arm lift surgery, the scars extend from the armpit to the elbow. It can be facing the chest wall. Therefore, it becomes longer, and it is more difficult to hide under clothes.
However, if you continue not to smoke and avoid your scars from the sun, you may fasten the healing period. Your scars become lighter and start not to bother you within the months.
What to Expect After an Arm Lift Surgery?
After your arm lift surgery, there are several instructions to follow for getting over the recovery time as comfortable as possible. If you follow these instructions given by your doctor, you will see that you will pass this period smoothly.
• First of all, you have to comply with the follow-up appointment times after your arm lift surgery.
• Your surgeon will check the general situation of your health, your scars and the existence of any complication.
• You need to wear a compression garment to control swelling for 4-6 weeks.
• Applying ice bags can also help to reduce pain and swelling.
• You can take a simple painkiller (except for aspirin) to stop your pain if any exists.
• It’s important not to smoke during the arm lift surgery recovery period. To avoid any infection or to slow down the healing of your scars, you need to consider this warning.
You may return to work and daily (light) activities within 2 weeks. You can also return to your normal activity level within 6 weeks.
For the brachioplasty procedure, preparation and preoperative consultation regarding the design of the surgery by experienced surgeons was important to prevent surgery complications such as nerve damage or hematoma formation.
How Much Will Arm Lift Surgery Cost?
There are more than 20 clinics in Turkey performing arm lift surgery successfully. Arm lift surgery prices are between € 1,600 and € 2,570. The Average cost for arm lift surgery is € 2,117.
If you consider having different types of arm lift surgery such as mini arm lift surgery, lower arm lift surgery or arm lift laser surgery, you may contact to the clinics to ask their applying techniques; price offers and providing services.
Is Arm Lift Surgery Worth It?
As you read in the article, arm lift surgery is a satisfying operation for the patients who desire the tightened arms. If you check the before and after arm lift surgery pictures, you can easily see the big difference between the appearance.
You will be able to observe the smooth and tighter contours you have gained with your arm lifting surgery immediately after the operation. This will make you feel pretty good.
Although the existence of the surgical risks of arm lift surgery, you can reach your best results by following your doctor’s instructions. The comfort and safety of the whole process depend on not only the surgeon and the clinic conditions but also your attention, expectation, and patience.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in February 2019.