Weight loss and increasing age cause the skin on the upper arms to sag. Upper arm lift (brachioplasty) restores an attractive, youthful arm contour.
This operation is performed in an outpatient or short-stay inpatient setting, under a general anaesthetic.
The upper arm lift procedure involves removing excess skin and the underlying excess fatty tissue and tightening the remaining skin. The scars are on the inside of the upper arms. Depending on the extent of the operation, we may need to insert a drainage tube, which can be removed after a day.
Compression sleeves should be worn for 2 to 4 weeks after the operation. Absorbable sutures are used so there is no need to have any stitches removed. Sporting activities should be avoided for 4 weeks.
Any secondary bleeding, infections and unsightly scars are treatable.