What is Arm Surgery?
Arm surgery, also referred to as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that is performed on the upper arms to reduce flabby skin and sculpt the arms.
How does Arm Surgery work?
Arm surgery is performed by removing the surplus of skin and a small amount of underlying fat to obtain nicely contoured arms. In some cases, the underlying muscles may also be tightened using stitches.
What is Arm Surgery used for?
Arm surgery is often performed in patients that are over the age of 40 that are bothered by the appearance of their upper arms. The skin loses elasticity after a certain age and the muscles become lax, so the upper arms may have an unpleasant look.
The arm surgery may also be performed in patients that have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with a surplus of skin, which is very often located on the upper arm region. The surgery is not meant to reduce fat cells, so if the patient needs to eliminate extra fat, an additional liposuction procedure is recommended.
What areas of the body does Arm Surgery treat?
The arm surgery targets heavy upper arms.
What are the advantages of Arm Surgery over similar treatments?
Arm surgery is performed as an alternative to laser treatments or topical solutions that may tighten the skin or facilitate the production of collagen, which will make the skin tighter. However, the arm surgery offers faster and more durable results.
Who is a candidate for Arm Surgery?
Patients that have a surplus of skin on their upper arms can consider arm surgery. The procedure can be performed on healthy individuals, but patients with diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune conditions should discuss their options with the plastic surgeon.
How is the Arm Surgery performed?
The arm surgery is performed under sedation. The surgeon creates an opening that starts from the armpit and extends to the elbow. The surgeon removes a bit of fat and if there is more fat, liposuction is used. In some cases, the muscles are stitched together to create a better contour of the arms. In the end, the surgeon removes the excess skin and applies stitches.
What is the recovery like?
After the brachioplasty, the patient will have to take pain medication for two to five days and antibiotics for seven to ten days. The swelling, redness and bruising will persist for up to 14 days and the patient should wear a bandage for up to 10 days. The stitches are removed on day 10 after the surgery, and the patient may start to exercise and perform strenuous activities four to six weeks after the procedure.
What will the results be like?
A major disadvantage that has to be considered is the fact that there will be a large scar on both arms, which can diminish with the passage of time, but will never disappear completely. The results of the arm surgery may be visible immediately after the side effects of the surgery subside and may last a lifetime. However, the natural process of aging and weight fluctuations may affect the skin's elasticity and may damage the quality of the skin.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.