Following significant weight loss, upper arm contouring can give patients tighter and smoother arms.
In an upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, the excess skin that hangs from the under-surface of the upper arm is removed. The amount of skin removed varies and is dependent on the patient. However, the results of brachioplasty or upper arm procedure are visible almost instantly.
Brachioplasty (upper arm lifts) are often combined with other body contouring post weight loss procedures for optimal results and minimal downtime as possible. You can discuss your options with Dr Lim, who will design a personalised treatment plan for your specific needs.
The length of your incision (and resulting scar), will depend on the extent of the skin laxity — the amount and location of the excess skin to be removed.
Usually, the incision will extend from the armpit area along the inside of the upper arm to the elbow, so that the scar is hidden when the arms are positioned close to the body. Patients with less skin laxity might have a smaller incision that is easily hidden in the armpit.
While Dr Lim will do his best to minimise scarring, it is important to note that healing around the arm area is quite unpredictable and may result in the scar being thickened or widened. The location and length of your incision will be discussed with you in the consultation process.
An upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, usually takes about three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. You will be required to stay in hospital overnight following your surgery.
You may be provided with a supportive garment that will help decrease the bruising and swelling, which must be worn for a few weeks after the surgery. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and will prescribe analgesia and antibiotics for you to continue at home.
My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, three weeks, one month and three months after surgery.
Our goal is to make your experience as supportive as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Lim’s 2023 Excess Skin Guide
Brachioplasty (Upper Arm Lift)
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Highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon Dr Jake Lim focuses on facial plastic, cosmetic breast and body contouring after significant weight loss
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