BRP Arm Lift Surgery
Procedure Lax tissues in the upper arms can be caused by ageing or weight loss. Aesthetic concerns or problems with friction on arm movements can be corrected with a brachioplasty (=arm lift). This operation can remove excess skin, fat, stretchmarks and scars from the upper inner arms. This can be combined with liposuction. I do not use drains routinely. The wounds are repaired with sutures under the skin which do not require removal and dissolve within four months. A support garment following surgery is recommended.
Scars Between elbow and axilla, can extend to chest wall after massive weight loss leaves generalised skin redundancy
Operation time 1.5 hours
Anaesthesia General > (Local)
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Aesthetic, Psychological, Functional, Symptomatic
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (stretched, thick, abnormal pigmentation, red, retracted etc.), Skin discoloration, Skin cones, Wound separation, Tourniquet effect, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Remaining stretch marks, Recurrent redundancy, Aesthetic imperfections (higher risk after subsequent weight changes), Seroma, Lymphocele, Lymphoedema, Compartment syndrome, Reduced elbow / shoulder mobility, Contour irregularities, Need for further surgery, Allergic reaction, (General Anaesthetic: Chest infection, Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots in legs & lungs). N.B. Most complications are unlikely. Serious risks or death are rare
Risk factors Smoking / contraception / flights within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency (Stop herbal products or supplements for two weeks before surgery), diabetes
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, sun protection, support garments
Discomfort 1 - 2 weeks
Bruising 2 - 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities 2 weeks, Driving 3 weeks, Physical work & sports 6 weeks, Unrestricted 3 months
Acceptable appearance 2 - 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 - 18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Garments, Weight loss, Liposuction

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