Fluctuations in weight, aging , excessive sun exposure and genetic factors can all cause your upper arms to start to sag. Brachioplasty, or an ‘arm lift’ it’s very popular operation nowdays.
Dr. Marcellino has developed the best brachioplasty technique in years with a special short scar procedure.
Arms lift: The Procedure
Arm lift surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and normally takes between one and two hours to perform. The length of the operation depends on the amount of excess skin and fatty tissue to be removed, as well as its location. During the procedure the underside of the upper arm is restructured in order to eliminate excess skin and fat which can cause the arm to sag.
Dr. Marcellino does this by creating a long incision, extending from the elbow to the armpit. This procedure may also be combined with liposuction if there is a significant amount of surplus fat. The remaining skin is then pulled taut over the arm and the incision then stitched back together using internal stitches.
Arms Lift: Before Your Surgery
- If you smoke it is strongly recommended that you stop at least two weeks prior to your surgery in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Ideally you should stop 8 weeks beforehand.
- If you take aspirin or any other medication you should make Dr. Marcellino aware of this at your consultation as it may need to be discontinued for a short period of time before and after your procedure.
Arms Lift: On the Day of Your Surgery
- Please ensure that you arrive at the hospital in good time ahead of your operation.
- Dr. Marcellino will visit you in your room, marking your arms with a pen in preparation for your procedure, also affording you the opportunity to ask any last minute questions you might have. A final consent form will also need to be signed at this point.
- A personal nurse will be assigned to you to ensure your care and comfort throughout.
Arms Lift: After your Surgery
- As with all surgical procedures there will be some swelling in the treated area. There is also likely to be some bruising. Both will usually go down in the two to three weeks following your surgery.
- When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will be offered pain relief should you require it.
- The amount of time that you will be required to stay in hospital will be agreed with Dr. Marcellino prior to your admission.
- Dr. Marcellino will also advise you how long you will need to stay off work and when you are likely to be able to consume your normal range of activities at your consultation.
- A follow-up appointment will be made for you to see Dr. Marcellino around a week after your procedure to make sure you are healing well. It is very important that you attend. It is also important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact up until this point.
What to consider
- With any cosmetic surgery it is important that you carefully consider your decision and what it is you would like to achieve from your treatment.
- It is crucial that those considering surgery have realistic expectations and are in good health. As with all surgical operations, there are also some potential risks and complications to consider.
- Dr. Marcellino will discuss these with you at your consultation, addressing any questions or particular concerns you may have. Some thought should also be given to practical considerations such as child care provision in the days after your operation, which should ideally be set aside for rest and recovery.