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- Published on Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:43
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If you are tired of wearing unfashionable long-sleeved shirts even in the summer months to hide upper arm fat and loose skin, it may be time to think about an arm reduction procedure. This surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is done to remove underlying fat on the arms as well as loose excess skin. The end result is an improved and natural contour to the upper arms as well as tighter skin. Thinner arms can improve the entire look of your body. Liposuction alone can be performed to decrease the heaviness in the arms, which has the benefit of much more discreet scarring, however, it relies on the elastic recoil of the skin and is only suitable for patients with moderate skin excess and good skin tone and quality.
During arm reduction surgery the patient is first placed under a general anaesthetic. Then an incision is made on the inner arm that extends from just below the underarm to the elbow. The excess skin and fatty tissue beneath the skin are cut out and then the incision is closed with several different layers of stitches.
Recovery time and healing is different for each patient after brachioplasty. Generally you can expect bruising for the first two weeks after surgery. Exercise that involves the upper body should be restricted for 2 to 4 weeks and it normally suggested that the patient would need to take at least one week off work. Within 6 to 12 months the scars will begin to fade but they will always be visible. There are risks and complications to this procedure but they occur rarely.
As with any type of plastic surgery there are limitations to an arm reduction. Correction of loose skin and excess fat in this procedure is limited to the exact area where the surgery is performed. In other words, other parts of the arm like around the elbow and the forearm may not necessarily be improved by an arm lift if they are heavy as well.