What Upper Arm Surgery Techniques are used in Brachioplasty?
Typically, the process of arm skin reduction surgery involves:
A consultation and pre-op session to discuss your surgery requirements, costs, risks and aftercare
Assessment of your overall health condition, Body Mass Index (Height and Weight) and skin laxity
Discussion of the arm surgery techniques that will best suit your needs and PROS and CONS of different options
CLINICAL BEFORE SURGERY PHOTOS will be taken (your AFTER surgery photos will be taken at your follow-up appointments)
Once you schedule surgery, you’ll be given specific pre-surgery instructions and post-op care guidelines
During surgery, inner arm area excisions are made to reduce the skin
These incisions often extend from your elbow area to your armpit area or back and upper torso
Liposuction and/or strategic incisions may also be employed to further reduce volume or girth, or shape the arms (tightening and contouring)
Skin is then readjusted and tightly sutured and you’ll be prepared for your recovery period, including how to wear compression garments
Wound care is also discussed and you’ll have follow up appointments shortly after surgery and then again at various time points
Remember, you’ll be asked to wear compression garments for several weeks or months, depending on your pre-surgery condition and the amount of skin / dermal tissues removed during surgery
We provide two compression garments but if you want additional sets, you can purchase these separately
Arm Skin Surgery Scars (Brachioplasty SCARS)
An example of a fresh arm lift scar is shown below. This will tend to fade in time. Notice the dramatic change in girth and ‘wobble reduction’. Clinic image (All Rights Reserved by Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men).
Fresh arm skin reduction surgery scar still in early stages of skin healing is shown below. Note that patient results and SCARS vary.
Compare to a well-healing scar after arm skin/arm girth reduction surgery (see image below).
How long is the RECOVERY period after Brachioplasty (Arm Skin Surgery)?
Recovery varies from person to person and type of surgery
You will, however, need a few weeks away from work and other activities involving arm use
Allow several weeks of no-driving and no heavy lifting for several months until your incision lines are fully healed
Compression garments must be worn as instructed, and allow about 12 to 16 weeks for most of the healing to occur
As your incision lines heal, your Surgeon will give you direct advice on when you can resume certain activities
Benefits of Arm Reduction & Skin Reduction Plastic Surgery
Smaller arm girth allows for more freedom of movement
Less sweat/more comfort (reduced skin-to-skin contact and less skin volume)
Easier to wear sleeved shirts or tops
Reduction in flapping sounds when moving your arms
Typically easier to exercise your upper body and arms (after fully recovering from surgery)
More confidence wearing sleeveless clothing or swim wear
Reduced skin infections caused by skin laxity or drooping arm skin (upper arms)
Easier to see results of upper arm strengths training (tricep and bicep strengthening)
That noted, all surgery has risks and results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
Costs of Arm Skin Reduction Surgery (Bilateral Brachioplasty)
The average price of ARM SKIN Surgery varies according to what you need adjusted in terms of excess skin and fat reduction. Average prices for bilateral brachioplasty surgery in Melbourne range from $17,000 to $23,000 when performed by an expert Plastic Surgeon who operates in Hospital settings.
Upper Arm Reduction Surgery Recovery and Risks
Like all surgical procedures, Brachioplasty, whether on its own, or in combination with Liposculpture or Liposuction, does have some risk:
1: General Anaesthesia
Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe, but there is always some risk from general anaesthesia. Our team will provide you with the details of your Anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns. By operating in approved hospitals, your surgeon will be able to offer a safe, supported environment for surgery. As well as a fully trained Plastic Surgeon, you will have a trained Surgical Assistant present for your procedure. You will also have a fully trained Anaesthetist attending to you at all times while you under Anaesthesia. You’ll be supported by additional fully trained Support Staff.
2: Bleeding (Haematoma)
This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.
Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely.
4: Delayed Wound Healing
Your Surgeon and Nurse coordinator will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or who have an infection.
5: Deep Vein Thrombosis
6: Fluid build-up (Seroma)
Some scarring after surgery is inevitable. These settle over the months. Scars continue to mature and improve for up to 18 months after surgery. Your Surgeon will take great care to minimise scarring and will ensure that scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Please ask your surgeon about any concerns you may have. Surgery may not remove all stretch marks and it is possible surgery may create new ones.
This will occur 100% of the time and mostly settles over the months and up to 1-2 years.
Your arms are different – just have a careful look in the mirror. Part of your Surgeon’s skill lies in trying to minimise any asymmetry between your right and left arms. However, you tend to have a good deal of asymmetry before surgery (especially between your dominant hand/arm and you opposite arm). So some degree of minor asymmetry is quite common after Surgery as well. For most patient, the difference is very small. It is often imperceptible, unless you really look for it. Your surgeon can discuss this with you during your consultation.
Scars may be also be slightly different on each side. Be sure to follow all of your Surgeon’s Post-Op instructions and healing and scar minimisation protocols as well.
Pain management through prompt aftercare and medications are important. All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications. Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Careful patient screening and planning minimises risks. High standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care are also important. Small, less serious issues are common. Your surgeon will make every effort to resolve them quickly. These rarely have long term effect on an excellent final result.
Contact our Clinic to find out if you are a good candidate for upper arm reshaping surgery OR other body reshaping and body lift procedures in Melbourne or Berwick.
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