The Brachioplasty cosmetic enhancement, aka the arm lift, is a procedure used for arms with excessive hanging or loose skin. The procedure is performed when extra skin and/or fat is the underlying problem or if the skin has poor elasticity and will not contract with conventional liposculpture. Common causes of having excess skin on the upper arm are changes in weight, heredity, or age.
Risks and Safety
Although it may seem like a minor procedure, the Brachioplasty does come with risks and it’s important to go over, in detail, the risks involved with your provider prior to your decision. Some risks involved with receiving the Brachioplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring and pain. In some cases, it is possible for more serious risks to occur. With the exposure of any surgery, it is possible for deeper damage to occur to nerves or blood vessels. Numbness, fluid accumulation or even the possibility for corrective surgery are all probable. Prior to your approval of the procedure, your surgeon will talk with you about each risk and the likelihood of them pertaining to your case. It’s important to have all of your questions answered prior to signing the consent to treatment form.
Preparation before your Brachioplasty
The preparation for any surgery, even minor surgeries, can be the deciding factor in whether or not your surgeon thinks you’re healthy enough to proceed. With that said, it’s important to undergo all instructions from your doctor to make sure your body is ready to undergo such alteration. Whether you have the flu or are preparing for something more serious, your provider will most likely order a series of lab tests. It’s decisive to get your labs done as these will take a hard, inside look at your body systems to make sure your body can handle such procedure. Depending on what types of medications you take everyday (if any), your daily regimen may be adjusted i.e. to lower your chance of bleeding during or after your procedure. If you are a current, everyday smoker it’s important to stop before your procedure. Make sure to follow your surgeon’s suggestions when stopping so you don’t become sick from nicotine withdrawal. Brachioplasty may be performed in an outpatient facility or hospital so remember to schedule a ride to and from, before and after your surgery.
The overall procedure of the Brachioplasty is, in words, quite simple. Even though no surgery is actually ‘simple’ the process of it is pretty straightforward.
Step 1: A form of Anesthesia will be given for your comfort
Step 2: The incisions are made. The incision locations depend on your surgeon’s preference but most of the time, they are made on the inside of the arm extending from the underarm to the elbow.
Step 3: The underlying supporting tissue is then smoothed and reshaped or tightened with internal stitches.
Step 4: All open incisions are closed.
To achieve optimal results from your Brachioplasty surgery, it’s important to follow all instructions given post procedure. Maintaining a consistent weight and having routine exercise is essential for continuous results. Naturally when your body ages, elasticity and firmness is lost however, the majority of your enhancement will be relatively permanent. Post procedure, be aware of any possible exposure to injury or swelling to your arm. Optimal results are always the final goal for any procedure but depending on the individual and the extent of what needs to be done, optimal results aren’t always achieved. Continue to follow your doctor’s instructions post procedure to ensure maximum results.
Coming to the decision of choosing to undergo a Brachioplasty can be a sensitive subject. At Regeneris Medical, our doctor’s understand the vulnerability behind each patient’s story and final decision to undergo such procedure. We are committed to providing you with the quality care you deserve and to bring you tomorrow’s healthcare today.