What is Arm Lift Surgery?
An arm lift surgery or a brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to smoothen the skin by trimming down excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow.
The picture below shows a dangling, drooping or sagging skin of the upper arm – an inescapable outcome if you are to grow older.
An easy way to boost the strength of the underlying tissues, like a muscle, is exercise but this cannot help in the shaping of inelastic skin and weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.
Who benefits from arm lift surgery?
Hanging, flabby arm skin folds, also known as bat wings, can cause a person to become self-conscious and lose the ability to wear tops with fitted sleeves, and contribute to discomfort caused by underarm skin rash and irritation.
By having an arm lift surgery in Thailand, patients often enjoy the freedom of a lifestyle not previously available to them.
Is arm lift surgery it right for me?
Before you decide to have an arm lift in Thailand, you should think carefully about your expectations as well as possible risks, and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for an arm lift are those who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.
While arm lift surgeries are capable of producing dramatic results, they can’t make you look like someone else, and the amount of change they can achieve in each unique individual is limited.
An arm lift surgery in Thailand is an excellent choice for you if you have at least one of the following conditions:
- Considerable drooping or sagging of upper arm skin.
- You do not smoke
- You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
How do I prepare for an arm lift surgery in Thailand?
Your surgeon, through our virtual consultation, will provide you with a list of instructions on what to do before your surgery.
These will cover such areas as smoking, medications, what to bring with you to the hospital and when to have your last meal before surgery.
It is of utmost importance that you follow these instructions, and the ones you will be given after your surgery. Your speedy recovery and health should be your number one priority.
You will have to strictly follow these instructions before your arm lift surgery.
These are as follows:
- For smokers: STOP smoking two weeks before surgery. You will need another two weeks after surgery to start smoking. Smoking increases the risks of complications. Chemicals present in smoke act as free radicals that interfere with the healing process. Prolonged healing may result in the formation of large, hideous scars. If your surgeon finds out that you are still smoking, he will not perform the surgery.
- Stop drinking alcoholic beverages a week before your surgery.
- The day before your surgery, do not drink alcohol and make sure you do not eat or drink anything at least six hours before your operation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 : Will I be conscious during the procedure?
You will be asleep under general anesthesia.
Q2 : How long do I need to stay in Bangkok?
You need to stay for about 2 nights in the hospital, then come back for follow up after 7-10 days.
Q3 : How long will it take to recover?
Your arms will be swollen and bruised after surgery but will look and feel near normal in 2-3 weeks. Wound maturation will continue over 6-12 months.
Q4 : Will I have scars?
A linear scar spanning the length of the armpit to the elbow is the major drawback of brachioplasty. In most people, this fades away over time and will only be noticeable on a closer look. People who experienced having keloids in the past must weigh the benefits of brachioplasty over the chances of forming large scars.
Q5 : Is the result permanent?
Significant fluctuations in weight will negate the results of the surgery.
Q6 : What could go wrong?
Some risks of surgery include bleeding, adverse response to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, nerve injury, keloid, and need for revision surgery.
Q7 : How do I prepare for arm lift surgery surgery?
To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialist.