Brachioplasty is a surgical treatment that aims to re-contour the upper arm.
Also known as an ‘Arm lift’ or ‘Arm reduction’, Brachioplasty addresses sagging skin from the elbow up to where the armpit meets the chest.
At a glance
Improved contouring of the upper arm
Length of Surgery
Up to 2 hours
Up to 2 weeks
People seeking Brachioplasty are affected by sagging skin on the underside of the upper arm, noticeable when the arm is outstretched. Sagging skin in this area (often referred to as ‘bingo wings’) can be due to the effects from ageing or from significant weight loss, and can sometimes be accompanied with extra fatty tissue.
As we get older the skin loses strength in its structure as collagen and elastin is naturally lost, resulting in the skin’s ability to remain firm and tight, and hold its original form.
Weight gain can also be an effect of the ageing process as we can often slow down as we get older. However, if someone has lost a significant amount of weight or has slimmed down after a prolonged overweight period then sagging skin can often be a result. The overstretched skin has caused the breakdown of tissue integrity, affecting the skin’s ability to naturally retract.
Brachioplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic and incisions are generally made on the underside of the arm. As each case is different, a bespoke approach will be taken, dependant on your individual indications to determine the technique Mr. Marando will use.
It may be necessary for a longer incision to be made that runs from the elbow to the armpit, or, for a less extensive concern, smaller incisions could be placed in the armpit and for a short distance into the upper arm. Any excess fat and skin will be cut away, before the skin is lifted, tightened and pulled together to close the wound and dressings are applied.
Although Brachioplasty is not a solution for weight loss, it is not unusual for this procedure to be accompanied by Liposculpture, producing maximum results for someone who is close to their ideal weight.
Through a pre-operative consultation, Mr. Marando will determine the most effective technique to use for your operation. He will assess your circumstances regarding your personal concerns and your intended end results, as well as addressing your medical history and overall health.
This procedure may require you to spend 1 or 2 nights in hospital, under careful monitoring and observation. When you go home you will be given a suitable course of pain relief and a considerate aftercare plan. It may be necessary for you to wear elastic support bands to aid healing and the skin’s adjustment to its new positioning.
A period of up to 2 weeks will need low level activities to be undertaken, with time off work and driving required. Sports and going to the gym should see a break of around 6 weeks, and only be resumed when your body feels comfortable to do so.
After your treatment Mr. Marando will arrange follow-up appointments in which he will assess and monitor your healing and recovery from the procedure. He can observe how the results are progressing and be available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
The full results from this treatment will progress over 3 – 6 months, when any scarring will settle and start to fade and you may notice and smoother more slender appearance to the arm.
Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help to ensure the results remain long-term, and although the effects from the ageing process will continue you will have reduced it significantly.
Am I suitable for this treatment?
A suitable person for Brachioplasty is someone who is generally in good health, with a stable weight and BMI, close to their ideal. If weight loss and ageing has resulted in the development of sagging skin that hangs from the underside of the upper arm, then you may benefit from this procedure. Smoking and alcohol consumption can slow down the healing process, so it is important that lifestyle choices are carefully considered before undertaking this treatment.
How safe is this treatment?
The safety of this procedure is generally considered to be good. The procedure will be performed by Mr. Marando personally, who is a highly skilled and trained surgeon and specialises in this field of surgery. The safety and welfare of the patient is always held in high regard and every consideration regarding this issue is treated with seriousness and efficiency.
Is it painful?
This procedure will incur some tenderness and discomfort due to the nature of the surgery. A general anaesthetic will be used for the actual operation and an effective course of pain relief will be administered to successfully manage the after effects.
Are there any side effects or risks?
The initial side effects will see the treatment area experience swelling and bruising that will settle within a couple of weeks. You should mindful to keep arm movements to a minimum for around 3 – 4 weeks as mobility will be affected and may be uncomfortable and some time off work may be required for a necessary period during this time.
Some less common complications can include: bleeding, delayed healing, poor scarring, asymmetry of the upper arms and blood clots. Mr. Marando will ensure you are fully informed regarding the possible effects from this procedure.
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