Arms are a notoriously difficult place to lose weight and tone up no matter how much diet and exercise you do. A brachioplasty (the technical term for an arm lift) is the removal of excess fat and skin from the arm to give a tighter, more toned look.
If you come to Géniale for a brachioplasty procedure you’ll be in the incredible hands of Dr. Bill Lyon. An Australian born and trained cosmetic surgeon, he has trained at Flinders University, undertaken extensive surgical training throughout both Australia and England, won numerous prizes and scholarships for both clinic and research work, and has numerous publications in international peer reviewed journals. Dr. Lyon has also traveled to both Rwanda and Fiji as a part of the Open Heart International humanitarian agency. Dr Lyon’s gentle and caring approach will provide you with an honest opinion regarding your suitability for a brachioplasty, with your safety and wellbeing at the core of every decision.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Here at Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a holistic approach to your goals for reshaping your body. A preliminary consultation is encouraged so you can get to know our team, and so that our resident Arm Lift specialist Dr. Bill Lyon can assess the proportions of your entire body, not only your arms, to ensure your results are as natural as possible.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
Dr. Lyon create’s a small incision in the armpit and down along the side of the arm. Through this excess skin and fat are removed. As the arm is a cylinder shape, tightening the skin on its inner side creates a tightened, toned look throughout the entire arm. This procedure is often combined with arm liposuction to remove further fat and create a more defined contour of the arm.
While all of our surgeons are highly trained to ensure that any undesirable side effects are minimal, there are still inherent risks associated with this procedure:
This surgery requires anaesthetic, which has its own risks associated with it. Dr. Lyon will discuss these with you during one of your consultations.
Heavy bleeding from the operated site
Infection within the operated site
Poor wound healing
Excess fluid accumulation under the skin around the operated site that may require one or more drainage procedures with a needle
Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles
Fatty tissue under the skin may die (fat necrosis)
Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
Pain, which may persist
Sutures may not absorb, but spontaneously surface through the skin, causing irritation, drainage and redness
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Is it right for me?
We understand how difficult the decision is to undergo any medical procedure. During your preliminary consultation we will assess your suitability for an arm lift procedure and discuss with you how best to achieve your desired result.
How long is the recovery time?
Brachioplasty is known for having a long recovery due to the arms being such a mobile part of the body. Patients should be prepared with someone to help them at home, and plan for at least 2 – 3 weeks off work. While every patient’s recovery experience differs, it is generally at least 4 – 6 weeks before you can return to physical activities and exercise.
Will there be any scarring?
While our Géniale team are highly trained to reduce both bruising and scarring, these are a natural side effect of this procedure. One of the main concerns patients have when planning for a brachioplasty is where the scars will be. The answer to this depends on the individual patient, how much and where the excess skin and fat is sitting, and where the surgeon determines the best place to make the incisions will be. Generally, incisions extend from the arm to the elbow and are placed on the back or the inside of your arm. Dr Lyon takes every effort to ensure brachioplasty scars are located in subtle areas, and that they are as minimal as possible.
Will I need anaesthetic?
General anaesthesia is a requirement for an arm lift procedure. While the risks of modern anaesthetic are low they are still present. The doctor will discuss these with you prior to the procedure.
Will other medications affect results?
Our Géniale doctors will enquire into any medications you are taking during your consultation. Depending on the medication these may need to be halted leading up to the surgery.
How long does the procedure take?
Typically this procedure takes two to three hours.
Every treatment at Géniale is personal and individualised. We invite you to make an appointment to meet our team to discuss your treatment options.