Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, may be a great solution if you have recently lost excess weight due to diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery. The procedure can also treat signs of ageing in your upper arm area. There are different surgical methods that can be used to administer a Brachioplasty, including a mini brachioplasty and a standard upper arm brachioplasty. Dr Quinn will help you select the right method based on the contours of your arms and your cosmetic goals.
Adults of all ages may qualify; however, it is necessary to still have adequate skin elasticity. If you are over 65, Dr Quinn may require some extra tests before approving you for Brachioplasty surgery.
Laxity and excess skin along the upper arms can be common for individuals who have recently lost a significant amount of weight. These individuals may be a candidate for an arm lift (brachioplasty). However, it is important to know that candidates need to be at a stable weight before undergoing a brachioplasty because additional weight loss could leave you with more excess skin reversing the results of the surgery.
To qualify you should:
The arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery will differ slightly, relying on the kind of procedure you will be receiving. However, mini, extended and standard Brachioplasty follow similar guidelines: anaesthesia, incisions, and removal of tissue.
Prior to your surgery, Dr Quinn will administer the sedation. The sedation method you select will rely on your health requirements, Dr Quinn’s recommendation and personal preferences. In most scenarios, you will be given general anaesthesia and will be asleep during the surgery. Despite the fact that you will be conscious during the procedure, the anaesthetic means that the experience should be comfortable. When under sedation, Dr Quinn will mark the places where he will create the incisions. As the incisions are made, Dr Quinn will work very carefully to ensure that the scars are carefully positioned, and then he will proceed to trim the excess tissue.
Following your Brachioplasty, you will experience some soreness and inflammation. Dr Quinn will provide you with a prescription to help with your discomfort. To decrease swelling, try to sleep and sit with your arms raised as much as possible. Make sure that you replace your bandages and carefully clean your drains, as advised by Dr Quinn. You will have to have sponge baths during the initial few days following surgery. Pat dry your incisions before changing your bandages. Once the drains are taken out, you can start showering again.
All surgery comes with potential complications. Risks of brachioplasty may include infection, anaesthesia complications, poor scarring, bleeding, nerve damage, and bruising. Speak to Dr Quinn about the risks before you proceed with surgery. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Find more information here.
You should hold off on Brachioplasty surgery until you reach a stable weight. Additional weight loss could leave more damaged or stretched skin, which could lead to revision surgery.
If you exercise regularly and keep a stable weight, the results of the surgery could last for years. Cosmetic surgery will not restrict you from losing skin elasticity, nor will it stop the ageing process.
In the event that the stretch marks are situated on the excess skin, Dr Quinn can extract these marks when he trims away the excess tissues. Nonetheless, an arm lift brachioplasty is not the solution for stretch marks on its own.
Brachioplasty normally takes between an hour to two hours to complete.
The excess skin or wrinkles on the elbows are usually one of the first signs of ageing. A Brachioplasty can treat this cosmetic concern, depending on your skin condition and the advice of Dr Quinn. However, treatment of this issue will require Dr Quinn to make a longer incision, which runs run from your armpit to your elbow.