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What To Expect Before Getting A Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Surgery)?*

Are you conscious about the way your arms look? Most women have unwanted fats in the arm area, and as spot reduction is not possible, it might be more difficult to lose arm fat even with enough exercise. If you want to have sculpted arms, then you may want to consider getting an arm lift surgery.

A Brachioplasty, or mostly known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to reshape and improve contour to the upper arms and the connecting area of the chest wall.

At Hasan Surgery in Dubai, we always focus not only during the treatment process, but we also pay attention to post-op care. By providing information and knowledge regarding the whole process, we aim to have our patients’ minds at ease. This is important for body contouring and sculpting surgeries, which can be extensive and require special care.

Read more to know about the Brachioplasty process:

When You Decide To Book an Appointment

If you’re getting an arm lift, you may ask how much time you should take off from work? We recommend you schedule at 1-2 weeks off from work. The healing and recovery after the surgery need more allotted time.

Take note that even after the 2 weeks off, you might be required to avoid specific activities until you are fully recovered. For people whose work involve strenuous physical activities, you’ll need an extended time of another week or two to wait for your full recovery.

When You Undergo the Arm Lift Procedure

Depending on the amount of sagging skin and excess fat, there are three methods to an arm lift surgery. If you have sagging arms due to moderate weight loss, then it is recommendable for you to undergo the mini arm lift or limited-incision procedure which is a minimal elimination of subcutaneous fat and loose skin. A small incision will be done, wherein excess fat shall be removed, and the sagging skin is tightened.

Full arm lift or the standard Brachioplasty is ideal after losing a significant amount of weight, especially after bariatric surgery. In this process, the incision will be done from the armpit to the elbow. Compared to a mini arm lift, the full arm lift involves longer incisions let the plastic surgeon tighten and smooth out more skin.

Lastly, for patients who have had a massive weight loss, it will be required for them to undergo the most extensive procedure which is called the extended Brachioplasty, where the incisions are done from the armpit to the elbow and then from the armpit down to the chest.

What to Expect After the Arm Lift Surgery Process?

You might wonder what will happen right after you had an arm lift surgery. Most patients experience pain and discomfort, but this is because of the effect of the general anesthetic. No worries as it will fade away after within a few hours.

When It’s the First Week of Recovery

When you just had your surgery and you’re still recovering for the first week, you can expect issues with pain and bruising. The pain can be managed with prescribed medications, while the bruising through cold compresses or Arnica gel. Patients should get plenty of rest during this time, though they should walk lightly in order to promote circulation and avoid blood clots.

After the first week of recovery, it is necessary to do a follow-up visit with your plastic surgeon in Dubai to monitor your progress— to check the incision sites. Attend all your follow-up visits to help with the full recovery process.

When It’s After the First Month

After the first month, you should be recovered enough to completely be back to your normal routine. Pain is no longer a major issue and major bruising should fade by then.

It’s still best to do follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon, to get additional recommendations regarding post-surgical care.

What to Expect in the Months Ahead

After a few months, there should be a noticeable improvement in the overall appearance of the arms and for the scar appearance as well. After the first year, the scars should start to fade.  

If you want to improve the shape of your arms, then it’s time to visit us here at Hasan Surgery in Dubai!

More About Brachioplasty (arm lift)

 

Brachioplasty or cosmetic arm-lift surgery can effectively improve the appearance of your upper arms. During the surgery, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper arm, between the elbow and the armpit. After removing the fat using a liposuction procedure, the remaining skin is placed on the newly created contours to create a toned and firm look.

 

When the skin on the upper arm loosens and sags as a result of old age or significant weight loss, it causes the upper arms to have a droopy appearance. Brachioplasty can correct this condition. Although exercise is essential to strengthen and improve the muscle tone of the upper arm, excess skin due to loss of weight or lost elasticity cannot be brought back to its original form.

 

Undergoing a Brachioplasty surgery can restore the sagging undersides of your upper arms. This will boost your confidence as your body image is improved.

 

The Procedure

 

Prior to the brachioplasty procedure, your doctor will ask you to avoid taking medicines which could hinder the surgery or its results. For instance,certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements are known to increase the bleeding, which is why it is important to stop their use before the surgery.

 

The procedure is done either under a local, IV sedation or general anaesthesia. During the Brachioplasty procedure, your doctor will mark your body and make incisions on the loose skin on the undersides of your arm. The length and pattern of the incision normally depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.

 

After making the incisions, your plastic surgeon will move on to tightening the underlying tissues. Sometimes Brachioplasty is assisted by liposuction to remove more fat from the underarm area before stitching the underlying tissues together. After removing the excess skin, the remaining skin is draped over the new contours and stitched together to close the incisions.

 

The ideal candidate and preparations

 

The ideal candidate should be a healthy person who has achieved a healthy weight. He or she shouldn’t have fluctuating weight and any medical condition that could interfere with the healing of the wound.

 

Prior to ensuring your candidature for the Brachioplasty, your doctor will review your medical history and past and present health condition. You will have to discuss the medication you are on including any herbal supplements.

 

As a possible Brachioplasty candidate, you must have realistic expectations about the resultant appearance of your arm after the procedure. You must stop smoking prior to the surgery and after the surgery as tobacco can slow down the blood flow to the skin and thereby slow down the healing process.

 

Result and aftercare

 

After the Brachioplasty surgery, the arm incisions will be covered in bandages. These loosely wrapped bandages will help minimize the swelling. Sometimes, a small tube will be placed in your arm to drain away the excess blood and lymph fluid. After removing the bandages and the tube, your plastic surgeon at Hasan Surgery will recommend you to wear a compression sleeve for a few weeks to aid the healing process and keep the swelling down. It is normal to feel some loss of sensation in your arms after the Brachioplasty surgery. This temporary numbness will go away once your arm is completely healed.

 

For the first 3 to 4 weeks, avoid lifting your arms above the shoulder level. It is advised to stay away from all physical and athletic activities which require stretching your arm for about 4 to 8 weeks after the surgery. Take your oral antibiotics to prevent any sort of infections.

 

After complete healing, your Brachioplasty surgery will give your upper arm a toned appearance. For lasting results maintain a stable and healthy weight.

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