When we age or lose significant weight, the skin on the upper arm can lose elasticity and tend to sag. This look also known as “tuckshop arms” can be an area that women are unable to improve with exercise. A Brachioplasty or ‘arm lift’ allows Dr Doyle to reshape and remove excess skin and fat from the armpit to the elbow.
Brachioplasty: cosmetic upper arm surgery
This surgical procedure is done under general anaesthetic and is done by making an incision on the inner surface of the upper arm. Excess skin & tissue is removed and underlying muscles are tightened with sutures creating a smoother more defined shape of the upper arm. This surgery is often done as a day procedure but can be overnight if you wish.
Combining liposuction with arm lift surgery
In some cases you may require a little liposuction to achieve your desired results. Dr Doyle will walk you through all your options during your consultation, and your desired outcome will determine whether or not liposuction is used in conjunction with Brachioplasty.
Is an arm lift covered by Medicare?
There is an item number for this procedure so Medicare and health insurance rebates may apply. For the surgery to be covered by Medicare you will need to ensure you are eligible under their criteria. We recommend contacting Medicare and your health fund to see if you are eligible for a rebate.
Are there risks associated with Brachioplasty?
All surgical procedures carry some risk. These include poor scarring, bleeding, infection and poor wound healing. To prevent any fluid accumulation, a drain may be placed while you’re in hospital. You might also need to wear compression bandages during your initial recovery period.
Recovery time for Brachioplasty
The general recovery time for Brachioplasty is one to two weeks. This depends on the extent of surgery you undergo, your health and your body’s natural healing abilities. For the first couple of weeks you should avoid strenuous activity. Ideally, you will wear the compression bandage for 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are after a more toned and balanced appearance to your arms, Brachioplasty may be the right procedure for you. If you would like more information about arm lift surgery, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.