Why Patients Might Consider Upper Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)
Arm lift procedure or brachioplasty surgery is the procedure performed with the aims to remove excess of skin on the upper arms. Patients might choose to undergo this procedure for a number of different reasons, including:
- Helping to achieve firmer upper arms
- A reduction in excess skin
- Alteration in appearance of the arms, according to patient goals
Recovery after Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Surgery
The recovery period after an upper arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery is often associated with some discomfort and pain. Dr Hunt may instruct you to take analgesic medication to alleviate the pain and discomfort and wear compression garments.
You should avoid strenuous physical activities during the first week or two after brachioplasty surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
- Avoid steam rooms and saunas
- Have a healthy and balanced diet
- Avoid ample arms movements
- Keep the incisions site clean and dry at all times
- Keep your body hydrated
To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.
Potential Risks and Complications
Since each surgery comes with risks, you should speak to Dr Hunt before the procedure about not just the benefits of surgery, but also the potential complications. The risks of brachioplasty can include:
- Bleeding or wound infection
- Poor or slow healing
- Seroma formation – fluid build-up in the wounds
- Hematoma – blood build up in the wound
- Loss of sensation or numbness
- Damage to underlying structures
- Poor scarring
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
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Excess Skin Reduction Guide
The excess skin reduction guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider these procedures.
Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of surgery what makes a suitable candidate, pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from patients.
How much does an Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees
The cost of Arm Reduction Surgery (brachioplasty) in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want, and the time required in theatre.
A patient’s specific requirements are the primary factor involved in determining the cost of arm lift surgery. Not all patients require liposuction and not all patients need the same amount of skin to be removed from the arm area. In some instances, a brachioplasty is also combined with additional types of surgery if the patient wishes to target excess skin in multiple areas of the body.
Anaesthetist, hospital and surgeon fees will need to be factored into the final cost, as will any medical tests, post-surgery garments, and prescription medications. Whether or not some of the costs will qualify for a Medicare rebate or health insurance will depend on your reasons for undergoing surgery.
If it’s purely cosmetic, brachioplasty will not be covered. However, if the excess skin caused by significant weight loss is a health concern, patients may be able to recoup some of the costs for this surgery from medicare and their health fund.
During your one on one consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your arms and body features, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your upper arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery procedure.
You can also learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, an Arm lift Payment Plan, or the costs for brachioplasty surgery on our Surgical Costs page.
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Should I have an Arm lift (brachioplasty)?
If you’re unhappy with loose skin on the upper arms, whether a result of ageing and weight loss, you might be a candidate for a brachioplasty.
What's involved in brachioplasty surgery?
Dr Hunt will perform your brachioplasty under general anesthetic at the hospital of your choice.
Before your surgery begins, Dr Hunt will have you stand as he marks the incision lines on your upper arms. The length of the incision may run from your underarm to your elbow.
Once the incision is made, Dr Hunt will tighten and reshape your muscles and remove any skin excess. He’ll then suture your incision closed.
When can I go home after brachioplasty surgery?
You’ll stay in hospital for at least one night following the brachioplasty surgery. Once you are comfortable and able to get to and from the bathroom, you’ll be able to go home.
You won’t be able to drive yourself home from hospital, so will need to arrange for someone to pick you up. Once you get home, you should limit your movements to around the house for the first few days.
Will I have to return for post-operative care after my brachioplasty (arm lift)?
You’ll see Dr Hunt weekly for the first month. The time between visits will then get longer as you progress.
How long will I be off work after a brachioplasty?
You’ll be off work for around three weeks.
When can I resume my normal activities after brachioplasty (arm reduction)?
It will take around three weeks for you to fully recover.
For the first week after surgery your arm and shoulder movements may be limited. However as the skin stretches and gets used to its new position, you’ll slowly regain your range of movement.
When will I see the end result of my arm lift or brachioplasty?
The effect of brachioplasty is immediate, although it may take you a few months to fully appreciate the final result. That’s because there may still be some residual bruising and swelling, although you will be able to see the new shape of your arms.
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Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.