BRACHIOPLASTY IN MUMBAI (ARM LIFT)
Loose and sagging upper arm skin can be a deterrent to wearing the clothing of your choice. Your upper arms may not look toned if you have lost a lot of weight which leads to hanging skin on the inner side of your arms. These batwing arms are very wide in the upper aspect and then narrow down towards your elbows giving it a disproportionate appearance. Aging, as well as major weight loss, can both cause batwing arms. An Arm lift or Brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to give your arms a toned and firmer look by removing the excess skin and fat.
WHY YOU MAY WANT TONED ARMS?
Pre-operative marking is done in the standing position. Your surgery is performed under general anaesthesia as a daycare procedure. If there is excess fat, liposuction is first performed to help contour your arms. After the liposuction has been performed, a cut is made on the inner aspect of your arm extending from your underarms to your elbow. In patients with major weight loss, the cut has to be often extended from the armpit to the sides of your chest wall to remove loose skin from there as well. After the cut is made, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped and sutured. Finally, the arm is wrapped in a firm dressing.
You will be discharged on the same day or the very next day. You will feel some soreness and swelling in your arms which will reduce with analgesics. You will be advised to be off work for around 4 to 5 days. There will be restrictions on upper body exercises and strenuous physical activities. You will be advised to wear a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks which will help in reducing the swelling and giving a good contour to your arms.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER ARM LIFT SURGERY?
You will be a little sore and swollen up on your arms after the surgery. It will reduce pain-relieving medications. You will be put in a compression garment which you have to continue wearing for 4 to 6 weeks. You will be off work for 4 to 5 days after which you can return to a desk job. Strenuous physical activities, driving, swimming will be restricted for 4 weeks.
The swelling and bruising on your arms will go down significantly by the end of 6 weeks. You can return to most of your routine activities by the end of 4 weeks. Only the upper body exercises can be resumed at the end of 6 weeks. The cut on the inner side of your arm should heal completely by the end of 4 weeks. By then your doctor will give you scar care instructions, which you will have to follow religiously to help fade away the long scar on the inner aspect of your arm. The upside of this scar is that it is visible only when you raise your arm.
At 3 months:
Your arms will look slimmer and toned. You will feel more confident in the clothing of your choice!!