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Brachioplasty: Arm Lift Surgery in Thailand

Upper Arm Lift Surgery Methods, Procedures, Preparation and Post-Op care

Upper Arm Lift Surgery Methods, Procedures, Preparation and Post-Op care

Working out, eating well, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to getting a trim and toned body. Following a fitness routine may also improve underlying muscle tone. This has been the advice given by many health experts over the past few years.

But while staying in good health does help keep patients fit, the technique does not work in helping others shed excess skin and fat, even if they strictly follow a fitness routine or go on a diet. In these cases, a plastic surgeon may recommend an arm lift procedure as the medical treatment.


What is Arm Lift?

An arm lift is a body contouring procedure used in removing loose skin, sagging skin, or extra fat from the under portion of a patient’s upper arms. This procedure reshapes the upper arm and tightens loose skin that often creates the appearance of bat wings.

Who is a good candidate for Arm Lift Surgery/Brachioplasty Surgery?

The best candidates for an arm lift in Bangkok are people with excess fatty tissue and loose skin hanging from their upper arms, or what some refer to as bat wings. Gain weight and loss can influence the shape of a person’s body and the elasticity of their skin. As such, a surgeon may encourage an upper arm lift candidate to achieve their ideal weight before undergoing Brachioplasty surgery. In general, here are the ideal candidates for this type of plastic surgery:

  • Adults who have a relatively stable weight
  • Adults with upper arm skin laxity and extra skin
  • Adults who are not obese
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals without a life-threatening medical condition
  • People with realistic expectations and a positive outlook

Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Arm Lifts

Dedicated plastic surgeons will take care to answer every question that a patient may pose before and after performing any procedures. It is often advised for a patient to list the questions on paper in advance of an arm lift consultation.

Some key questions to ask a surgeon before any plastic surgery include:

  • Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon?
  • How many years of experience do you have in cosmetic surgery?
  • Do you have specific experiences with arm lifts cosmetic surgery?
  • Are the results I am seeking realistic?
  • What are the limitations of an arm lift surgery?
  • Will there be visible scarring following the procedure in my arms?
  • Would I need pain medication during my recovery period?
  • What type of treatment would be most appropriate to achieve my desired outcome?
  • Would I need to get liposuction to remove more excess skin and fat in my upper arms?
  • Are there any concerns that I should be aware of?
  • How much does this surgery cost?
  • When would I be able to resume my normal activities?
  • Will I be placed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia?
  • Will arm lift cosmetic surgery be performed in a clinic?

Preparation for Upper Arm Lift Surgery

In preparing for a Brachioplasty, a patient will be required to:

  • Consult with the surgeon
  • Complete a physical examination
  • Get lab tests, chest x-ray and a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust current medication
  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol at least two weeks before and after the surgery
  • Avoid taking Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements to prevent increased bleeding

What are the steps of a Thigh Lift surgery?

The clinician will administer medications for the patient’s comfort prior to the start of the Arm Lift Surgery. The doctor may administer medications through intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

The length and pattern of the incision during Arm Lift Surgery will depend on the amount and the location of the excess skin to be removed. Generally, the surgeon would place the incisions on the inside of the patient’s arm and may extend it to just above the elbow. 

After the incisions have been made, the doctor will remove fat, and tighten and reshape the underlying supportive tissue in the patient’s arm using internal sutures. The skin will then be shaped over the new contours. 

The surgeon may close the incisions using both absorbable sutures and stitches. The removable stitches will be removed within one week to 10 days after the surgery. 

In some cases, the plastic surgeon may place small tubes in the surgical site. These tubes are temporary and are placed to help drain any excess fluid following the upper arm lift procedure.

Unlike other cosmetic surgeries, arm lifts could take between two to three hours to complete, depending on the amount of excess fat to be removed. 

Post-operative care

Following Upper Arm Lift Surgery, the clinician will apply dressings or elastic bandages on the incisions. The patient’s arms may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and reduce the recovery time. 

‍Common post-operative care recommendations also include:

  • Avoiding arm activities for up to two months
  • Wearing a compression garment to help control swelling
  • Keeping the wound clean and dry
  • Taking the stitches off a week after the surgery
  • Attending all follow-up appointments

Possible Risks and Complications Of Upper Arm Lift

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels and muscles
  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Wound separation
  • Persistent pain
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Local tissues necrosis
  • Pain

During the healing process, the patient is also advised to observe any signs of possible complications. This may include shortness of breath, pain in the chest wall, excess blood coming out of the tubes or surgical wound, excessive swelling, fever, and an irregular heartbeat.

Patients who develop any of these symptoms during the recovery period are advised to immediately contact their healthcare provider or seek medical services.

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