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Bilateral brachioplasty – arm lift

A Bilateral brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a way to reduce the size and change the shape of your arm. Our arms and other parts of our body begin to sag as we get older. However, ageing may not be the only reason someone would need a bilateral brachioplasty. If a person has lost a lot of weight which has caused excess skin this procedure will be ideal to remove that skin. Did you know the skin on the upper arms is very thin and not very strong? This is why when it is stretched for a period of time it will be hard for it to shrink back to its original size. When you age the elasticity and the strength of your arm skin will decrease making it much harder for the skin not to sag. However, an arm lift is a very straightforward procedure. It carries barely any risks and has a quite easy recovery.

What happens in the surgery room?

The first thing that will happen is that you will be numbed by the anaesthetist to ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Here at Lipo London we only use local anaesthetic as it is much safer. Once you are numb we will begin to create small incisions near the armpit and elbow. Next, the area will undergo liposuction to remove any excess fat.  The surgeon will begin to remove the excess skin. After all of the skin is removed the surgeon will then begin to close the wound with sutures.

What is involved with the recovery?

With arm lifts, the recovery is very short compared to other procedures. The only downside to the recovery is that you need to limit your physical activity for the first week after the procedure. For about a month after the procedure, there will be swelling but that is normal. Patients should be able to return to work one week after the procedure. There will be scars on the inside of your arms due to the skin removal but over time they will fade. They will be located in areas which makes them barely noticeable.  

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