An arm lift, otherwise known as brachioplasty, at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Kitchener-Waterloo can remove the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, leaving them with a more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. In some instances, the surgeon may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the arms.
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Arm lift surgery can be performed on a large variety of patients. The majority of patients present with excel skin and fat in their upper arms and complain that their arms feel and look like "bat wings". Some older women who have extra skin that is bothersome and desire a better arm contour are potential candidates.
For patients who have minimal upper arm fat excess, with no skin excess, liposuction alone can be effective. For patients that have some extra skin that is minimal in nature and is located near the armpit, an improvement can be attained through a scar limited to the arm pit. For patients who present with a lot of upper arm excess, as in the case of most weight loss patients, tissue must be removed through a scar that runs from the elbow, through the arm pit, and onto the side of the chest.
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If you are a smoker, it is recommended that you stop smoking well in advance of the surgery. Smoking can affect your ability to heal. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued prior to arm lift surgery.
You should avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for the first few days after your arm lift surgery. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke may impair the healing process and should be avoided.
Postoperative pain is subjective and will vary considerably from person to person. The average patient undergoing an upper arm reduction procedure will usually require a few days of oral pain medication to treat discomfort. Over a 7 to 10 day period most people resolve the majority of their acute postoperative pain.
Upper arm reduction involves the removal of skin and necessitates the creation of a scar that starts near the elbow, traverses to the armpit, and often crosses onto the chest wall. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes at least year to complete. Most scars are conspicuous, at least initially. The placement of the upper arm reduction scar could be on the inner arm so that it is not visible when the patient's arm is by their side.
Immediately after surgery some patients will have a feeling of tightness in the upper arm as the area swells due to the trauma of surgery. Some patients may develop swelling and some tingling of the hands as well. Most of these symptoms resolve with time.
Most arm lifts are performed under a general anesthetic. It is important that the facility that the procedure is performed in is an accredited facility where the type of anesthesia utilized is allowed.
The Before and After Arm Lift Photo Gallery is available here. You may contact The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at any time if you have questions or concerns: (519) 804-9822.