Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) to correct sagging upper arms

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The Need for Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)?

There is not much else besides plastic surgery that can be employed to combat what are known as “batwings.” Batwings are the casual term used to describe sagging upper arm skin due to weight loss. The rest of your body may look great but there is no way to tone this part of the body after weight loss. The type of plastic surgery that is used to correct this type of disfigurement is known as an arm lift, arm reduction surgery or brachiaplasty.

The Cause of Batwings

Mainly natural aging causes batwings with gravity being the main culprit when it comes to causing underarm tissues to droop. With aging often comes either a loss of supporting fat tissue or a loss of muscle tone, but in either case each has the same effect of sagging upper arm skin due to weight loss. Dieting worsens the condition and exercise has very little effect when it comes to tightening up loose skin beneath the upper arms.

Sagging underarm tissue can also be caused by extreme weight loss (for instance after a major operation) or by your weight gain and loss for years and years. The operation may also be performed on individuals who simply feel that the size or texture of their upper arms does not match the proportions of the rest of their body or who feel that their upper arms are inordinately large compared to the size of their lower arms and wrists.

The Problem with Batwings

Another side effect of sagging arm tissue is rashes that are caused by the excess skin rubbing or sometimes even literally flapping against the body. This skin outbreak is a form of a heat rash caused by friction and is very common in individuals who have experienced severe weight loss within a short period of time.

Speaking of skin rashes, there is a rare condition called axillary hidradenitis that may prohibit some from having the operation. This is a condition where the armpit produces excess sweat and causes frequent armpit infections. If you have this type of condition most plastic surgeons will not allow an arm lift as you will be much more susceptible to post-operative infections as well.

Arm Lift Surgery – Procedure

An arm lift is the solution for what is commonly known as the “batwing deformity.” During this operation, a surgeon removes the loose skin and tissue and sews it back up again. The incision is typically a long T- shaped one that extends from just beneath the underarm all the way to the underside of the elbow. If there is a lot of skin, incisions might also be made along the inner side of the arm. In extreme cases, the plastic surgeon might also use liposuction or liposuction combined with ultrasound to emulsify and remove some of the excess tissue.

After Effects of Arm Lift Surgery

One drawback of having an arm lift is that it will definitely leave scars, although most plastic surgeons will do their best to tuck as much of the incision on the lateral side of the arm and beneath the armpit where the scars are less noticeable.

Before considering having an arm lift done, keep in mind that it is considered to be major surgery. Most patients require a few nights in the hospital and heavy painkillers to deal with the aftermath of the procedure. How long your stay in the hospital is depends on the amount of skin that is removed. Besides, plastic surgery arm lift cost is also a considerable factor. However, the positive results of this surgery are immediately noticeable just a few hours after the operation and the first thing that the patient usually notices is that his or her clothes fit way better.

After an arm lift, you can also expect to wear a compression bandage around the arm for at least seven weeks. This is to facilitate the shrinking of the tissues as well as to prevent blood vessels around the operative injury from swelling, bruising and bleeding.

Possible complications from arm lift surgery include chronic pain, bleeding and infection. Abscesses under the skin and wound separation could also occur. Be aware also that with this type of plastic surgery, the scars from the operation may be visible for more than a year.

As this surgery does require a full anesthesia you might be required to take at least three weeks or more off of work. Also keep in mind that you will not be able to exert your arms in any way for at least a month and in some cases, that does include movement of the hands, which could strain tissue in the upper arms. If you do not anticipate being able to take a month off of work than this type of surgery is not for you.