Arm Lift Surgery - Brachioplasty

Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to correct sagging or loose skin in the arms. This surgery is usually preferred when there is sagging and excess skin in the arms due to aging, weight loss, or genetic factors. In this article, we will discuss the details, reasons, procedure, outcomes, and candidates for arm lift surgery.

What is Arm Lift Surgery?

Arm lift surgery is a procedure that involves surgically correcting sagging or loose tissues in the arm skin. This surgery tightens the skin and underlying tissues in the area between the shoulder and elbow, aiming to give the arms a younger and firmer appearance.

Why is Arm Lift Surgery Done?

Arm lift surgery is typically done for the following reasons:

Aging: Aging causes a loss of skin elasticity, leading to sagging in the arms.

Weight Loss: Rapid weight loss can result in a loss of skin elasticity, causing sagging in the arms.

Genetic Factors: Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to arm skin sagging.

How is Arm Lift Surgery - Brachioplasty Done?

Arm lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes a few hours. The procedure consists of the following steps:

Incision: A incision is made on the inside or back of the arm, usually between the shoulder and elbow.

Tissue Tightening: The skin and underlying tissues are tightened, and excess fat tissue may be removed if necessary.

Placement of Stitches: The skin is closed, and stitches are placed.

Permanence of Arm Lift Surgery

The permanence of arm lift surgery results depends on the individual's lifestyle and genetic factors. However, the results obtained after surgery generally last for a long time. Nevertheless, changes in results over time may occur due to the aging process and significant changes in body weight.

Recovery Process of Arm Lift Surgery

The recovery process after arm lift surgery can vary from person to person. Typically, there may be swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the arm area during the first few days after surgery. Heavy physical activities should be avoided until the complete healing process is achieved, which may take several weeks.

Risks of Arm Lift Surgery

Like any surgical procedure, arm lift surgery carries some risks. The most common risks include infection, bleeding, wound separation, sensory loss, and poor healing. However, these risks can be minimized by performing the procedure by an experienced surgeon and carefully managing pre and post-operative care.

Age Limit and Eligibility of Arm Lift Surgery - Brachioplasty

There is no specific age limit for arm lift surgery. However, the surgery is generally not recommended for young individuals as sagging may recur during the aging process. Suitable candidates typically have good overall health and stable weight.

In conclusion, arm lift surgery can be an effective solution for correcting sagging or loose arm skin and achieving a more youthful appearance. However, as with any surgical procedure, risks and outcomes should be considered, and the patient should be well-informed. Therefore, it is important for individuals considering arm lift surgery to consult with an experienced surgeon.

Op. Dr. Murat Görkem Ataman
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