Heavy arms are often a source of great dissatisfaction to many female patients and because the arms are visible in a variety of outfits, patients often express frustration with unsuccessful efforts to disguise this obvious problem. As a result these individuals often avoid wearing short-sleeved clothing because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their flabby arms.
While other body parts are easier to disguise arms can be very difficult to conceal particularly in warm weather. In some cases and especially following weight loss the main deformity is skin excess that is referred to as “bat wings” which can get caught in clothing, obstruct daily activities and in some cases be prone to rashes. A brachioplasty procedure can remove any skin excess that may exist resulting in a tightened and reshaped contour of the arms. Liposuction can be used in addition to correct any irregularities to give a smooth contour. In certain cases where the main problem is localized fat in the upper arms with otherwise good skin elasticity, liposuction alone without skin removal may be possible to achieve the desired outcome.
Before you consider undergoing any surgical procedure, a physical examination and consultation will take place with our surgical expert. Because each patient is unique, both physically and with regards to aesthetic desires an individually tailored treatment plan is formulated based on detailed discussions of the most up to date surgical options available. Photographs are taken and diagrams used to explain the procedure in a step-by-step manner including limitations and possible risks.
The main goal is to provide you with realistic expectations. Surgery is aimed at tightening of sagging skin and/or removal of excess localized fat to the upper arms.
We employ the most up to date concepts in our surgical techniques. This surgery is indicated in patients who have one or more areas of sagging skin lacking in tone with asymmetrically localized fat. Contouring procedures are performed under general anaesthesia. The technique applied is based on individual patient parameters and anatomical location. Accurate preoperative planning is made to suite each individual patient targeting the area that needs to be addressed. The position and length of scars depends on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. In some cases it is possible to conceal the scars in the armpit.
However, if the arms have significant skin excess this will not be possible and longer cars are the tradeoff to removing large skin bulk. Liposuction is used as needed in combination with arm lifting techniques to give the desired outcome. Meticulous attention to detail is applied to ensure even contours and the best possible aesthetic result.
Post Operative Care
Usually two drains (one in each arm) are placed to remove the excess fluid output for a period of 1-3 days. The wounds are covered with non-stick dressings and wearing of compression garment for 4-6 weeks is advised to provide support and help skin elastic recoil. Most sutures used are absorbable and do not require removal. Mobilization after the surgery is possible and even encouraged. However strenuous physical activities and particularly heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks depending on the extent of the procedure.
This procedure can accomplish outstanding results for patients with thick upper arms or those who have lost weight and are left with sagging skin excess yielding sculpted and aesthetically appealing arms.