With ageing, fatty tissue begins to store on various parts of the body. In moderation, fat build-up helps a person appear robust, strong and shapely. However, as fat continues to accumulate in unwanted places, health and vitality suffers from a weighty frame undergoing stress. If left unchecked, obesity will result and drastic measures are required to reduce excess skin and fat.
Dramatic weight loss in a previously overweight individual often results in loosely hanging skin that performs no useful function and is better off removed. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is an elective surgery that provides great results.
The fat that supports our physical appearance can lose its structure over time. Genetics, gravity and general ageing also affect our arms. Undergoing dramatic weight loss is part of the answer, and although necessary for overweight individuals, can result in unsightly hanging skin. The skin that stretched during weight gain doesn’t easily shrink back. An arm lift aims to restore a more slender and toned appearance, along with side-benefits that include greater self-confidence and the opportunity to dress in form-fitting clothing.
Results of an arm lift include:
- Thinner, contoured arms
- A youthful appearance
- Removal of excess skin and fat
- Dramatic reduction in flabbiness
- Life-changing results
- Increased confidence and greater comfort
Arm lift surgery procedure
There are several ways to remove fat and flab from the arms. Liposuction is one method universally applied for removing excess fat. It is safely used on the arms along with other parts of the body. However, skin is not the same as fat, and in cases where weight loss goals have been achieved, residual skin will remain hanging down from the upper arms. This skin can be utterly resistant to even the most extreme fitness regimen, and surgery is unavoidable if flab is to be removed.
Arm lift surgery is performed with an incision created on the inside of the arm. Excess skin is then removed before the incision is stitched back together. Any scarring caused by the incision is concealed on the underside of the arm, and will go unnoticed when arms are hanging naturally by your side. The length of the scar is determined by the amount of skin removed. In cases where an arm lift targets only the top of the arm, your armpit will hide the scar, but in extreme cases an incision scar will be created almost to the elbow. In time any scarring will fade to a colour that closely matches your natural skin tone.
Arm lift surgery is an opportunity for the Dr Valente to reshape and tighten supporting arm tissue. This provides long-lasting improvements, although gravity and natural ageing will continue to have their influence. Internal stitches (sutures) used are designed to dissolve naturally, greatly reducing visible scarring. The surgery takes approximately two hours, with a return home possible on the day of the operation. Most importantly, employing the services of a highly trained surgeon like Dr Valente is an absolute must, if you are serious about getting the best possible surgical outcomes.
Dr Valente is a highly trained in the minimal invasive brachioplasty scar technique. Come and see him for a consultation and advice.
Recovery from arm lift surgery
During consultation with Dr Valente you will be informed of the procedure steps and given guidelines to assist with recovery. As with any surgery, the assistance of family or friends during recovery will be invaluable. This begins with the drive home, as the condition of your arms plus the after-effects of anaesthetic will make driving dangerous, if not impossible. As with most surgery there will be some swelling, bruising or tenderness post-operation, and drains to release unwanted fluid build-up may also be in place for a few days. Arms should initially be kept elevated to avoid swelling and aid healing.
It’s important to remain comfortable during the initial recovery period. This is conveniently achieved by advanced planning that includes arranging your household items in easily accessed locations. Foodstuffs, books, personal hygiene supplies and remote controls should all be within easy reach. You should not stretch too high, too low, or otherwise over-extend your arms. Surgical compression sleeves can be helpful as they assist with healing and restrict the ability to overtax your arms.
Most activities should wait until after the first week of recovery and can be re-introduced as comfort and strength returns. This will also be determined by the nature of your job or regular activities, as strenuous use of your arms should be avoided for at least a month. Patients who have undergone relatively minor arm lift surgery are often able to return to work within a week.
Maintaining a healthy weight post-operation is achieved by moderate exercise and sensible eating habits. The loss of weight and flab should inspire you to avoid negative behavioural patterns, as your new and inspiring appearance is a reward worth preserving for a long time to come.