Arm Lift – Brachioplasty

What is an arm lift?

The arm lift surgery is a procedure that remodels the lower part of the arm from the armpit to the elbow. This surgery is focused on reducing the excess skin that hangs from the arms and tightening the underlying tissues that give the arm shape.

Furthermore, each localized fat deposit of the area will be reduced with this procedure and liposuction techniques.

The conditions treated with the arm lift surgery can appear both on men and women, in many cases due to a loss of elasticity of the skin and the close areas. This could happen after a significant weight drop when the stretched skin does not contract again. Some other important factors could be age or family heritage.

In spite of all the benefits of this surgery, this technique does not strengthen weakened muscles.

Am I a good candidate for the surgery?

The best candidates are those patients that have a steady weight and are healthy. They cannot have any diseases that may compromise their health or the healing process. It is also very important that they are non-smokers and that they keep clear and realistic goals to improve their looks.

What does the surgery consist of?

Once you’ve had your consult with Dr. Robles, and he’s deemed the surgery necessary, you will be ready to go into the operating room. In there, the doctor will mark the incision lines, and take pictures of the areas to compare the results.

Then, you will be locally anesthetized and sedated, in order to begin with the surgery. Initially, the doctor will make an incision on the lower part of the arm and towards the armpit. Depending on your physical conditions, the amount and location of the excess skin to be removed, the incision may be larger or smaller. If there is an excess of fat, it will be removed by liposuction. The underlying tissue will then be stretched and remodeled with internal stitches. The incisions will be closed with stitches, that may be self-absorbing or not. In those cases that the stitches are not self-absorbing, they will be removed one or two weeks after the surgery.

Are there other alternatives?

Another option to be considered for those patients that do not posses too much adipose tissue or flaccidity is the ultrasound or laser liposuction. These provide a greater skin retraction, which may be beneficial for these patients.

How is the recovery from the surgery?

Once the surgery is completed, the area will be cured and you will be put bandages to protect the incision lines. Furthermore, you will need to use compressing bands that will help your body get used to the new shape as well as reduce the swelling.

Your arms will be swollen, bruised and you will feel uncomfortable, this is perfectly natural and will be treated with medication that Dr. Robles will prescribe. You will also be told you should try and keep your arms high as much as possible to reduce the appearance of blood clots and other difficulties. You must avoid performing straining tasks during the first days of healing.

The incisions will be healed after 7 to 14 days. At that moment, the stitches will be removed, if it were necessary. You will be able to go back to work, as long as you don’t perform straining tasks.

The healing process will continue for several weeks until you see the final results. During that period it’s going to be normal that you feel numbness on the incision areas, but this will wear off with time. In the same way, the scar will begin to fade, and you will be able to hide them easily, even though they never disappear.

You will need to protect the area from solar exposition until the healing has finished, to avoid any differences in pigmentation and also to make the scars lees visible.

What are the possible risks?

Some of the risks are bleeding, infections, fluid accumulation, anomalous or delayed healing, skin loss, scars which become too visible, skin sensitivity change, numbness, asymmetry of the body shape and any other complications related to using anesthetics.

How long do the results last?

The results achieved with this procedure are long-lasting as long as you keep a steady weight and carry a healthy lifestyle regarding physical activity. Anyway, time will affect the results, though not in the same way as if you hadn’t done the surgery.

What do I need to get the surgery done?

After all the details have been confirmed with Dr. Robles, you will be given some documents related to the procedure. There, you will find the informed consent for the surgery, which is a written statement that you’ve been fully informed of the surgery you are about to be practiced, as well as the risks involved. You will also be given a sworn statement of your medical history. Both must be read and filled when they are given to you, however you’ll sign them the day of the surgery on Clínica Robles.

In order to assure your safety and to be certain that the surgery will go without any complications, Dr. Robles will perform some routine pre-surgical tests, including blood tests, ECG, surgical risk tests, and whenever necessary an ultrasound scan.

It is of the utmost importance that you have all of the medication and other elements that Dr. Robles had asked you in previous consults. A fast recovery will depend on that. Medication varies according to the type of treatment or your medical history. This is why that information must be the trustworthy.