Brachioplasty – or an upper arm lift – is a procedure that removes both fat and skin from the upper arms. This type of procedure is typically performed under a general anaesthetic. Segments of subcutaneous fat and skin in the shape of crescents are removed from the upper arm region. The skin and tissue that remains is then lifted in order to create a smoother and tighter appearance.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a cut through the skin and tissue on the underside of the upper arm. This leads to the creation of long scars. These scars may run the full length of the upper arm, from the elbow right up to the armpit. Individual healing and scar formation varies, but generally the scar fades to a fine white line.
As this is a surgical procedure, there will be some discomfort following the operation, and pain relief will be required while the affected area heals. The recovery period is usually between one and two weeks with some restriction on stretching and heavy lifting.
This is quite lengthy and detailed, but not a painful operation. The nipple is left attached to the underlying breast tissue but is moved upward and the surrounding skin tightened. Many fine buried dissolving stitches help to prevent stretching of the scars, which usually fade to become nearly invisible. The average stay in hospital is one night. You will be given a return appointment for approximately 7-9 days after your surgery. At this time the dressing will be changed, and micropore applied to support the scar lines. This you will need to change every 4-5 days until your next return appointment in approximately 6 weeks.
You will be advised to wear a support bra for up to 6 weeks and to use tapes or silicone gel sheets for scar prevention.
Limited exercise and movement are permitted during the first 6 weeks, after which you can progressively resume to full activity. Careful tanning of the breasts after 6 weeks will help the scars to fade and will also prevent the scars from becoming conspicuously white. For most skin types intermittent tanning between 6 weeks to 6 months post-operatively is often recommended in obtaining the best cosmetic surgery.
After the operation you will always be visited while in hospital by myself, or otherwise a member of my team in order to ensure a personal and confidential programme of after care. I can be contacted through my secretary, or out of hours, the Hospital switchboard should the need arise.
Revision surgery may be required in a very small minority of cases in the short term. In these circumstances you will not incur any surgical fees (payment to the surgeon), but you will be responsible for the cost of the hospital, cost of the implants (if any used) and anaesthetic fee.
It is important to note that a more in detail discussion about the operation and possible complications adjusted to your specific needs takes place during consultation.