The Basics of Brachioplasty

The Basics of Brachioplasty

Commonly called an arm lift, brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and provide improved contour to the upper arms and connecting area of chest wall. While brachioplasty is commonly used to describe a specific procedure for the upper arms, the term can also be used to describe any surgical arm contouring. Brachioplasty is often used to address issues such as excessive loose skin or excessive fat in the arms when it does not respond well to diet and exercise. Brachioplasty is a common procedure for patients who have experienced massive weight loss and has gained popularity since 2000.

Who is the best candidate for brachioplasty?
People with excessive loose skin and unwanted fat deposits are ideally suited to the arm lift procedure. If you suffer with mild to moderate loose skin, your arms may be more suitable to treat with a liposuction procedure.

So, what can you expect during your initial consultation?
During a scheduled consultation, Dr Ritz will discuss the procedure with you, what happens during the surgery and your post-operative care, and any risks or complications that may be associated. He will also assess and measure your arms, and discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. You will then have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have. A brachioplasty procedure can enhance your appearance and confidence. However it is imperative to have realistic expectations with your results and it is important to discuss this with Dr Ritz during your consultation.

What are the risks of brachioplasty?
Although there are some risks involved in any surgical procedure, an arm lift itself carries few risks. You can expect some scarring, however, each patient is different and Dr Ritz will need to assess you in a scheduled consultation, prior to determining potential risks

What is the recovery time for a Brachioplasty procedure and what are the expected results?
Recovery usually takes between 2 to 6 weeks. During this time, strenuous activity should be avoided so that you do not prolong recovery. Exercise should also be kept to a mild to moderate level. The results you can obtain after brachioplasty are smoother, slimmer and tighter arms. Instantly following the lift, you may experience discomfort, numbness, and swelling, all of which can be easily managed with prescribed medication and tips from Dr Ritz himself. To control swelling and aid proper healing and support, Dr Ritz and his team will also recommend a bandage or compression garment to be worn within a few weeks. This helps with post-operative swelling, assists in the healing process and helps to reduce the possibility of fluid build-up. The natural process of ageing may affect these results, however, Dr Ritz and his dedicated team will be able to provide you with the answers and information you need prior to the procedure.

To schedule a consultation with Dr Ritz to receive an assessment and have all of your questions answered, simply phone 03 8692 5566.

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