Brachioplasty, also known as an upper arm lift, is a surgical procedure that sculpts and contours the underarm from the shoulder to the elbow. This procedure offers dramatic, long-lasting results for the right patients. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your upper arms, even to the point you avoid short-sleeves or sleeveless fashions, Mr Morris Ritz has some good reasons why brachioplasty might be a good option for you.
More Attractive Contour
The upper arm can experience changes over time. Skin laxity leads to loose, hanging skin that gives the appearance of “bat wings” underneath the arm. Tissue and isolated fat can also accumulate there, adding to the “bat wing” look.
While liposuction can sometimes be used to remove isolated areas of fat from the upper arm area, it won’t do much to address the excess skin that can also be a problem. In fact, liposuction without treatment of the redundant skin can actually make the problem worse for some patients. That is why brachioplasty is usually the preferred treatment for this cosmetic concern.
Better Fit to Clothing
The extra skin and tissue can also make it difficult to find clothing that fits properly. While you may be avoiding clothing without sleeves due to self-consciousness about the appearance of your upper arms, sleeves can seem tight and uncomfortable, even on garments that fit in other areas. You may begin to feel like your clothing choices become more and more limiting as you look for items that hide the upper arm sagging but still provide you with comfortable wear throughout the day.
Removal of the skin and tissue will create a smoother contour to the arm that will make it easier to fit into all types of clothing. In addition to your ability to wear long sleeves more comfortably, you may also be more likely to flaunt those slimmer arms in sleeveless fashions that have been hiding in the back of your wardrobe.
Less Skin Irritation
Loose skin on the upper arm can create more than a cosmetic nuisance. This excess skin can also rub together, causing irritation of the upper arm and armpit. Some women may develop rashes in the area that are unsightly as well as uncomfortable. Significant skin fretting can even lead to recurrent skin infections.
This problem can be completely resolved by simply removing the redundant skin during a brachioplasty procedure. The slimming arm contour will prevent the skin fretting that was problematic prior to surgery, allowing skin to heal and creating a more pleasing appearance and greater comfort overall.
Mr Ritz will perform brachioplasty under general anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery.
During brachioplasty, an incision is made from the armpit to the elbow on the underside of the arm. Through this incision, Mr Ritz removes loose skin and excess tissue to create a smoother contour. Liposuction may also be used during the surgery if there are significant amounts of tissue or fat cells to remove.
Patients are generally back to their regular activities within two weeks, although heavy lifting and strenuous exercise will be limited for longer. The results of brachioplasty are usually permanent. To learn more about this surgery or find out if brachioplasty is the right choice for you, contact Mr Morris Ritz to schedule a consultation on 03 9508 9508.