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ARM LIFT

ARM LIFT

An arm lift reduces excess skin and fat from the arms. When performing an arm lift the plastic surgeon removes sagging skin and surplus fat from the upper arms, smoothing and tightening the remaining tissue to create arms that appear more toned and defined.

Procedure

The surgical rejuvenation of the upper arms remains a persistent problem for both the patient and the surgeon, despite the many techniques that have been proposed for its improvement. The goal of the arm lift (Brachioplasty) is to reduce skin redundancy and to reduce the circumference of the arm. When there is minimal skin sagging, fat deposits can be reduced by liposuction. However, marked skin redundancy or laxity can only be improved by excision of the excess skin. The incision has to be placed in an axillar crease and the internal aspect of the arm along a line extending from the axilla to the epicondyle of the elbow. Then a piece of skin-dermis and fat is removed, and the subcutis and skin are closed using routine aesthetic suturing.

An arm lift takes two to three hours.


The anaesthesia can be general or local with sedation.


The anaesthesia can be general or local with sedation.


Both options are possible.


In some cases, oedema or lymphoedema of the arms can result.


Highly visible or keloid scars and cutaneous nerve injuries.


The healing process may take seven to ten days. An elastic bandage or compression garment may be recommended for several months. A compression garment alleviates swelling after the arm lift procedure. After the arm lift procedure, the surgeon will advise on postoperative care and instructions on how to care for wounds.


Good and stable results can be achieved in young patients with adiposities and good skin tone as well as in adults of older age, sometimes with the help of several months of postoperative elastic compression.


WHEN YOU CHOOSE A DOCTOR WHO IS A MEMBER OF APRASSA, YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT YOUR SURGEON IS QUALIFIED IN ALL ASPECTS OF COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY.

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The Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa was formed in 1956. It currently has over 169 members from all around South Africa. All our members are fully qualified Plastic surgeons that have been approved for APRASSA membership and will endeavour to provide you with excellent care throughout your plastic surgery journey.









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