Brachioplasty, also known as an ‘arm lift’, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the underside of the upper arm to provide a more toned and visually appealing contour to the arm.
Arm Lift in Perth
Arm lift surgery is usually performed from the armpit to the elbow, on the underside of the upper arm. This is an area where skin often droops with age or following diet or weight loss. And while exercise may help tone underlying muscle, it cannot remove any extra skin that has lost its elasticity.
Brachioplasty surgery can achieve a more toned and balanced appearance to the arm by removing excess skin and fat. Results are immediate and will be long lasting if a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Arm lift surgery may be of benefit to you if you suffer from sagging skin in your upper arms. This is often an area where skin droops with age, or following diet or weight loss. Brachioplasty surgery can improve the overall tone and appearance of your arm by removing excess skin and fat. Results are immediate and will be long lasting if a healthy lifestyle is maintained. An arm lift will not, however, prevent sagging of your upper arms if you gain and lose considerable weight in the future.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
In Perth, an arm lift involves your plastic surgeon making an incision on the inner side of your upper arm from your armpit to elbow. Excess fat is removed through liposuction, using a suction pump attached to a cannula. Using stiches, underlying muscle is tightened to define the new shape of the upper arm, then excess skin is removed before the area is closed with stitches.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will explain what to expect with your arm lift surgery.
In Perth, an arm lift is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic. You can expect to be discharged that same day or after a short hospital stay. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice.
You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately 5-7 days after brachioplasty surgery, and again 7-14 days after surgery with subsequent post-op visits if required.
A pressure garment is to be worn for 6 weeks after surgery.
Scars are an inevitable result of any surgery. However, with brachioplasty your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will make every effort to ensure any scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Usually a scar will be present on the inside of your upper arm, running from your armpit to your elbow. Most scars fade considerably with time, although there is individual variation in healing time and scar formation.
Although no major complications are expected with an arm lift, you may have some bruising and swelling after surgery. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss what you can expect from this procedure. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to reduce the risk of complications.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after the procedure. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Many patients return to work after 1 week and some even sooner.
The initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $220 (fees vary slightly per surgeon) and take about 30-45 minutes.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $3,500 to $6,500 excluding GST. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
Medicare and private health insurance rebates are not typically available for arm lift surgery in Perth. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine if they will provide any cover and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.