• Brachioplasty

Among the causes of excess underarm skin are aging and rapid weight loss. Such conditions can, however, be corrected through plastic surgery. Brachioplasty is a surgical process that aims to reshape the under portion of the upper arm. This is done from the underarm area to the part near the elbow area, through an arm lifting process.

Brachioplasty is considered in cases where liposuction cannot treat the excess sagging skin. Brachioplasty is therefore performed to reduce the excess sagging skin that usually drops downwards. This kind of surgery is done by tightening and smoothing out the tissue that supports and defines the shape of the upper arm. The procedure also enables reduction of fat pockets in the regions of the upper arm.

Candidacy

Brachioplasty is mostly considered for individuals with significant upper arm laxity, but before the operation is performed, it must be confirmed that the patient is healthy. For the patient to undergo the procedure, he or she must also be checked against any medical conditions that might interfere with healing or increase any health risks during surgery. Adults of any age with stable body weight can be considered for the operation.

Pre-Operation

The following are some of the preparations that an individual ought to engage in before the operation. These preparations can be performed 2 weeks before the day of the actual operation.

  • The patient must avoid taking any inflammatory drugs such as aspirin.
  • It is also important to avoid smoking and supplementary medications that can cause anticoagulation
  • The patient is also recommended to shave armpit hair before seeing the doctor
  • The patient must also go for regular medical checkup in preparation for the surgery
  • 6 hours to the operation, the patient must abstain from food and water.
  • The patient is also supposed to inform the doctor of their medical history. This is to enable the doctor give appropriate consultation especially for diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and drug allergies.
  • Female patient must avoid any operations if they are having their periods.
  • Prepare your stay in Thailand for around 7-10 days
The Procedure

The procedure involves a process of reshaping the lower part of the upper arm from the underarm area to the elbow. According to the price package you settle on, the doctor will pick between the option of sedation or general anesthesia.

The amount and location of the excess skin that is to be removed will determine the length and pattern of the incision. Sometimes it will be the judgment of your plastic surgeon that will be necessary.

Incisions are placed on the inside or the back of the arm and may extend to an area above the elbow.

Post Operation

The following are some of the post-operation activities to do:

  • Take a bed rest in hospital for a day.
  • The patient can take a shower 3 days after the operation when the incision has decently dried off.
  • Patients should expect improvement on their incisions 3 months after treatment.
  • For a perfect contour, patients will be placed into a compressive garment at the end of the procedure and will be expected to wear the garment for six months after the operation.
  • It is important to follow drug prescriptions with an exception to aspirin groups.
  • After 2 days of the operation, the patient can be allowed to take off their bandage.
Safety and Risk

Deciding to have an arm lift plastic surgery is a personal decision that includes both benefits and risks. Some of the risks involved during an arm lift surgery include anesthesia risks, bleeding of the incision, poor wound healing with some cases needing reversion operation.