Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty in Kenya

Arm lift surgery is also known as brachioplasty. The operation can remove excess skin and fat, leaving the upper arms with a slimmer, more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin often becomes loose and flabby. brachioplasty, or upper arm reduction surgery, involves reducing this skin through an incision that runs on the inner part of the upper arm all the way from the elbow to the axilla, often crossing into the arm pit.

Summary

  • Local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthetic
  • Operating time about 1.5 hours
  • Overnight hospital stay
  • Back to work within 1-2 weeks
  • Compression garment for 4 weeks
  • Full exercise after 6 weeks

Am I a good candidate for arm lift surgery?

Many people can develop excess skin in the inner aspect of their upper arms, as part of a normal aging process, but particularly if they lose significant amounts of weight.

Arm Lift surgery can be performed on a large variety of patients including normal weight patients who simply need a little tightening. As time goes on and gravity takes her toll, the extra skin might become bothersome. This creates difficulties wearing clothing that reveals the arms – you then tend to conceal this area by wearing long sleeved garments.

If you have lost a significant amount of weight and have stabilized your weight and do not have any serious medical problems, the excess skin and fat in the upper arms (also called “bat wings”) may worry you. An upper arm lift procedure can then add considerably to your daily comfort and improve your appearance.

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from your arm lift surgery. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

Arm lift or brachioplasty – the operation

There are a number of different techniques used to treat the excess skin area, depending on the distribution of the fatty tissue and skin in your case.

Liposuction

For patients who have minimal upper arm fat excess, with no skin excess, liposuction alone can be effective. It is extremely good at removing the fatty issue to the arms but does have the disadvantage that it will only tighten up moderate amounts of skin in the area.

Skin tightening around armpit

For patients with minimal or moderate skin excess located near the arm pit, an improvement can be attained through a scar limited to the arm pit. This is often combined with liposuction. The advantage of leaving the scar purely hidden within the armpit is that it is well concealed. However, if you do have excess skin tissue extending down the arm towards your elbow, this form of excision may not fully treat the whole arm.

Full arm lift reduction

For patients who present with a lot of upper arm excess, as in the case of most weight loss patients, tissue must be removed through a scar that runs from the elbow, to, and sometimes into, the arm pit. The advantage of this procedure is that it is very effective at reducing the amount of skin all the way down to your elbow. The disadvantage is that you will be left with scarring extending down the inner aspect of your arm. We will aim to conceal this scar in the inner aspect of your arm as it lies against your body so that it is not overtly visible from either the front or back, however, it will be visible if you raise your arm. Generally, the scar in your inner arm area tends to settle well with time but may remain red and slightly painful for up to a year following surgery (this does vary between individuals).

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After the arm lift operation  – Your recovery

  • You will be admitted on the day of surgery, and your length of stay depends on your recovery. Usually, you will stay in the hospital for one or two nights.
  • You will have tape dressings over your wound, and bandages along the whole length of your arms for compression. Preferably, the arms should rest on pillows above the level of your heart. This will reduce the swelling, which in turn will speed up recovery and prevent bruising. A small drain (plastic tube attached to a suction bottle) will have been placed to drain excess wound fluid and blood. The drains will usually be removed a day later.
  • On the day following surgery, we will encourage you to mobilise gently. You will also be fitted with a surgical compression garment to gently support your arms. You will be encouraged to wear this for 4 weeks following the operation. It is important to keep your hands and elbows moving in the weeks following surgery.
  • You will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks.  Stitches will need to be removed after 2 weeks. Most people have approximately 1 week off work following an upper arm lift procedure, depending on the type of work you do. It is important in the first 2 weeks to avoid any strenuous activities which can cause stretching to the incisions.

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We will keep a close eye on you after your surgery and would normally see you for your follow-up appointments at regular dressing clinics every 2-3 days and then 6 weeks following surgery, at which point your post-operative photographs will be taken.

Results after arm lift surgery or brachioplasty

After an upper arm lift, the excess skin in the area is unlikely to return unless you do gain then lose a significant amount of weight. Once the excess skin has been removed, the appearance of your upper arms will be tighter and more harmonious, allowing you to wear closer-fitting clothes and making you less self-conscious about the appearance of this region. Most scars are conspicuous, at least initially, when raising the arms. Ideally, the scars will heal well over time and will then be well-concealed. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes a year to complete.

What complications can occur?

Whilst these operations are generally safe in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and regarded to be highly successful, there are, as with any operation, risks involved and the possibility of complications that patients need to consider. Postoperative pain will vary considerably from person to person, but this is not considered a very painful procedure. The average patient undergoing an upper arm reduction procedure will usually require a few days of oral pain medication to treat discomfort and a feeling of tightness.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Unattractive scarring
  • Swelling of the hands
  • Seroma formation (seromas are fluid collections that can arise after surgery along the incision line)

For further information about what is involved in this type of procedure, please contact Valentis Clinic on 0725 045 705   or contact Dr Tilman Stasch at info@valentisclinic.com if you have any questions regarding your forthcoming surgery.

Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty in Kenya

Arm lift surgery is also known as brachioplasty. The operation can remove excess skin and fat, leaving the upper arms with a slimmer, more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin often becomes loose and flabby. brachioplasty, or upper arm reduction surgery, involves reducing this skin through an incision that runs on the inner part of the upper arm all the way from the elbow to the axilla, often crossing into the arm pit.

Summary

  • Local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthetic
  • Operating time about 1.5 hours
  • Overnight hospital stay
  • Back to work within 1-2 weeks
  • Compression garment for 4 weeks
  • Full exercise after 6 weeks

Am I a good candidate for arm lift surgery?

Many people can develop excess skin in the inner aspect of their upper arms, as part of a normal aging process, but particularly if they lose significant amounts of weight.

Arm Lift surgery can be performed on a large variety of patients including normal weight patients who simply need a little tightening. As time goes on and gravity takes her toll, the extra skin might become bothersome. This creates difficulties wearing clothing that reveals the arms – you then tend to conceal this area by wearing long sleeved garments.

If you have lost a significant amount of weight and have stabilized your weight and do not have any serious medical problems, the excess skin and fat in the upper arms (also called “bat wings”) may worry you. An upper arm lift procedure can then add considerably to your daily comfort and improve your appearance.

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from your arm lift surgery. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

Arm lift or brachioplasty – the operation

There are a number of different techniques used to treat the excess skin area, depending on the distribution of the fatty tissue and skin in your case.

Liposuction

For patients who have minimal upper arm fat excess, with no skin excess, liposuction alone can be effective. It is extremely good at removing the fatty issue to the arms but does have the disadvantage that it will only tighten up moderate amounts of skin in the area.

Skin tightening around armpit

For patients with minimal or moderate skin excess located near the arm pit, an improvement can be attained through a scar limited to the arm pit. This is often combined with liposuction. The advantage of leaving the scar purely hidden within the armpit is that it is well concealed. However, if you do have excess skin tissue extending down the arm towards your elbow, this form of excision may not fully treat the whole arm.

Full arm lift reduction

For patients who present with a lot of upper arm excess, as in the case of most weight loss patients, tissue must be removed through a scar that runs from the elbow, to, and sometimes into, the arm pit. The advantage of this procedure is that it is very effective at reducing the amount of skin all the way down to your elbow. The disadvantage is that you will be left with scarring extending down the inner aspect of your arm. We will aim to conceal this scar in the inner aspect of your arm as it lies against your body so that it is not overtly visible from either the front or back, however, it will be visible if you raise your arm. Generally, the scar in your inner arm area tends to settle well with time but may remain red and slightly painful for up to a year following surgery (this does vary between individuals).

armlift

After the arm lift operation  – Your recovery

  • You will be admitted on the day of surgery, and your length of stay depends on your recovery. Usually, you will stay in the hospital for one or two nights.
  • You will have tape dressings over your wound, and bandages along the whole length of your arms for compression. Preferably, the arms should rest on pillows above the level of your heart. This will reduce the swelling, which in turn will speed up recovery and prevent bruising. A small drain (plastic tube attached to a suction bottle) will have been placed to drain excess wound fluid and blood. The drains will usually be removed a day later.
  • On the day following surgery, we will encourage you to mobilise gently. You will also be fitted with a surgical compression garment to gently support your arms. You will be encouraged to wear this for 4 weeks following the operation. It is important to keep your hands and elbows moving in the weeks following surgery.
  • You will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks.  Stitches will need to be removed after 2 weeks. Most people have approximately 1 week off work following an upper arm lift procedure, depending on the type of work you do. It is important in the first 2 weeks to avoid any strenuous activities which can cause stretching to the incisions.

armlift1

We will keep a close eye on you after your surgery and would normally see you for your follow-up appointments at regular dressing clinics every 2-3 days and then 6 weeks following surgery, at which point your post-operative photographs will be taken.

Results after arm lift surgery or brachioplasty

After an upper arm lift, the excess skin in the area is unlikely to return unless you do gain then lose a significant amount of weight. Once the excess skin has been removed, the appearance of your upper arms will be tighter and more harmonious, allowing you to wear closer-fitting clothes and making you less self-conscious about the appearance of this region. Most scars are conspicuous, at least initially, when raising the arms. Ideally, the scars will heal well over time and will then be well-concealed. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes a year to complete.

What complications can occur?

Whilst these operations are generally safe in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and regarded to be highly successful, there are, as with any operation, risks involved and the possibility of complications that patients need to consider. Postoperative pain will vary considerably from person to person, but this is not considered a very painful procedure. The average patient undergoing an upper arm reduction procedure will usually require a few days of oral pain medication to treat discomfort and a feeling of tightness.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Unattractive scarring
  • Swelling of the hands
  • Seroma formation (seromas are fluid collections that can arise after surgery along the incision line)

For further information about what is involved in this type of procedure, please contact Valentis Clinic on 0725 045 705   or contact Dr Tilman Stasch at dr.stasch@valentisclinic.com if you have any questions regarding your forthcoming surgery.