What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift (also know as Brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin that droops downwards when the arm is extended away from the body. It also tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.
How is an Arm Lift performed?
Dr. Dickie performs an arm lift under a general anaesthetic, however, local anaesthesia with sedation may also be used. This would be determined during your consultation. The procedure takes 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the individual patient. An arm lift is typically performed as an outpatient; however, individual circumstances and extent of surgery may require an overnight stay in our private surgical facility at the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Dickie will make an incision from the axilla (underarm) to the elbow, this may vary in length depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed, as well as the personal preference and
Dr. Dickie’s surgical judgment.
Through these incisions, Dr. Dickie will tighten the underlying supportive tissue and reshape using internal sutures. Liposuction can be performed at the same time, if necessary. Dr. Dickie then closes the incisions with either absorbable sutures or stitches that would be removed approximately one week later.
Who is a good candidate for an Arm Lift?
You may be considered a good candidate for an arm lift if you are physically healthy and your weight is stable, and if the undersides of your upper arms have become saggy, and the skin appears loose and droopy due to excess skin and fat.
After your surgery, Dr. Dickie will apply dressings to your incision. You will wear a removable compression garment in order to minimize swelling while supporting your new contours as you heal. Dr. Dickie may also place a temporary drain tube under the skin to drain any excess fluids that would otherwise collect around your incision. Typically patients can return to work after about two weeks. However, strenuous activity must be avoided for four to six weeks. Your scars will take approximately three to twelve months to fade and flatten.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on an arm lift and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look. We are committed to helping you look and feel great.
Before & After
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