Also known as brachioplasty, is a technique used to lift and reshape the upper arm, so called “bingo wings”. The procedure targets the inner aspect of the upper arms, that are resistant to most forms of weight training.
A brachioplasty, like most body contouring procedures needs to be individually tailored and when performed soundly with consideration of the underlying anatomy, it:
- Reduces sagging skin of the upper inner arm
- Tightens and tones the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces fat in the upper arm
In most cases, if I carry out an arm lift in Sydney, the operation involves a combination of skin and fat excision, along with liposuction. Terms such as “mini-brachioplasty”, refer to the extent of the skin excision and soft tissue dissection, but in these cases I still perform liposuction to optimise the aesthetic outcome.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day stay procedure, followed by 1-2 weeks recovery time off work. My preference is not to use drains, which dramatically reduces hospital stay and recovery.
What are the potential risks and complications?
Although surgery is generally safe, there are potential complications and risks associated with any surgery. I will discuss these general risks with you as well as provide detail information about the complications and risks associated with an arm lift including:
- Temporary numbness around the incision sites and the inner aspect of the arm, this gradually improves with time
- The scars may need to be extended into the arm pit and chest wall if there is a a lot of skin excess
- Movement may be restricted to the tightened skin of the arm
- Rarely the skin may not heal and a skin graft may be required,
- Patients who have removal of large amounts of skin may require a blood transfusion
- Fluid (seroma) may accumulate under the skin of the incision site which may require a draining procedure
- Hypertrophic and keloids scars may form. These are scars that are prominent and visible, which may be itchy, unsightly and annoying, however, they do not pose a threat to your health.
Costs associated with an arm lift varies between: $9000-$14000 depending on a number of factors:
- Anaesthetist’s fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of Hospital stay
- Surgical assistant’s fee
- Whether you need other body contouring procedures such as Labiaplasty, Liposuction, thigh lift and tummy tuck.
After our consultation my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
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