Arm reduction surgery, also commonly referred to as an arm lift or brachioplasty, is designed to reshape the contour of the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat between the shoulder and elbow through a combination of excision and liposuction. This can be a common area of concern for patients, as arms with loose or flabby skin can sometimes be referred to as ‘tuckshop’ arms.
What can be achieved with arm reduction surgery?
There are several factors that may contribute to sagging skin or excess fat in the upper arm area. Massive weight fluctuations can cause the skin and underlying tissue to lose elasticity, creating excess skin that can hang from the arms. Fat deposits may also still be present in the arms, which contributes to a flabby appearance. Natural aging is also a common cause as well as hereditary issues, and sometimes a combination of all these factors can be a contributor.
Arm reduction surgery can give you the following benefits:
- Removal of excess sagging skin, meaning skin will no longer hang down when your arms are extended
- Tightening and smoothing of underarm tissue to define arm shape
- Possible reduction of any stretch marks present
- Improved self-esteem
How is arm reduction surgery performed?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and is normally a day procedure. To determine the amount of excess skin to be removed, marks will be made when the arm is extended out from the body, and an incision will be made from the elbow to the armpit.
Liposuction is performed in the area to remove any excess fat and to help with the excision of the sagging skin, which will be performed once the liposuction is complete. During the removal of excess skin, the underlying supportive tissue will also be tightened. The skin is then joined back together, smoothing over the arm’s new contours, and sutures will be used to close the incision. The incision can lead to a scar running from the elbow to the armpit. Plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk will try to be mindful of the incision placement to ensure the scar is as inconspicuous as possible.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following your surgery, you may feel some dizziness, discomfort, pain, bruising and swelling, which is normal. You may be required to stay one to two nights in hospital immediately following surgery, as it is important to get used to reduced arm movement and discomfort.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off work – about one to two weeks, depending on your healing
- If your job requires physical movement that cannot be avoided, up to six weeks off may be needed
- Make sure all necessary items are at waist height to avoid bending down
- Avoid driving for one week to limit arm movements
- Avoid any strenuous activity, especially activities like heavy lifting, swimming, or household chores for about four weeks
- Take prescribed medications and lotions
- Wear the compression garments as advised
- Attend all post-operative appointments to monitor recovery
It is vital for you to follow arm reduction recovery instructions given to you by Dr Fraser-Kirk. Your instructions will help to support your healing, minimise scarring where possible and mitigate potential risks or complications. We believe that patients should have unprecedented access to their surgeons, so Dr Fraser-Kirk will endeavour to be available for any enquiries or issues that you may have post-surgery.
How much will arm reduction surgery cost in Sunshine Coast?
The cost of arm reduction surgery in the Fraser-Kirk clinic will vary from patient to patient. During a thorough consultation, Dr Fraser-Kirk will be able to evaluate your personal needs, health, and goals, creating a tailored surgical plan, which will determine the cost.
Procedure costs are also influenced by factors such as surgeon costs, hospital fees, anaesthetic costs, and post-operative care costs. Once you have had your consultation, an estimate of costs will be provided to you.
If you have any questions regarding costs, please feel free to contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
With any surgery, whether it be medical or cosmetic, an element of risk or complication is involved. These are the following risks and complications associated with arm reduction surgery:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Allergic reactions to any dressing, gauze, or antibiotics
- Blood clotting
- Fat necrosis
- Visible or prominent scarring
- Numbness or changes to skin sensations
- Fluid build-up
- Restricted movement due to skin tightness
It is necessary to have an in-depth consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, so that he can have an understanding of your health, medical history, and ultimate goals of the surgery. It is imperative that you follow all recovery instructions, as this may help to mitigate scarring and other risks or complications that may occur.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
Our clinic is driven by a patient-focused approach, providing surgical solutions tailored to your individual needs. Therefore, a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk is a beneficial step towards achieving a healthier, empowered self as he can help you make an informed decision on which procedure is right for you.