What is an arm lift?
Loose tissue hanging from the upper arms often become a tell tale sign of ageing and weight loss. It is called a number of fairly unflattering things such as tuckshop arms and batwings. People often find themselves wearing longer sleeved tops or jackets to cover their arms when this area concerns them.
This problem is often compounded after significant weight loss as skin laxity develops in the upper arms as their weight decreases, which can often cause skin irritation or ill-fitting clothes. When weight loss has been substantial, damage to the skin prevents it returning to the normal shape and size and so surgical intervention such as an arm lift may be considered to remove the excess skin in this area.
An arm lift or brachioplasty is a combination of liposuction to remove the fat and a surgical excision from the axilla/armpit to the elbow to tighten loose skin and reduce the overall circumference.
How long does the procedure take?
An arm lift takes about 90 to 120 minutes, under a general anaesthetic.
How long do I need to recover?
After having an arm lift, you will need to allow time for healing before returning to normal duties. This will include a period of restricted activity before a gradual return to normal duties. Patients undergoing this procedure usually only require a single night’s stay in hospital, and can continue their recovery at home.
This procedure is frequently performed at the same time as other operations such as breast surgery, particularly in the weight loss group. This may require a longer hospital stay.
Is this procedure rebatable from Medicare?
Medicare and private health fund assistance may be available for an arm lift for patients who meet certain criteria which are associated with massive weight loss. Dr Magnusson will discuss these, along with other general and specific considerations of the surgery with you during your consultation.