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Arm Lift (brachioplasty)

chirurgia_lifting_braccia.jpgArm Lift (brachioplasty) is a procedure to remove underlying fat that occurs between the underarm and the elbow, reshaping the arm and giving a smoother skin and more normal contours. The result is normally very good and visible already just after surgery.

local + sedation
1 and a half to 2 hours
1 day / day surgery
1 - 2 weeks

The procedure

The procedure is performed in a surgery room under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
It implies incisions in the armpit and along the inner part of the arm, for a length that depends on the kind of correction to be done.
This allows removing excessive underlying fat and skin. Therefore, the tissues become more tonic and, at the same time, folds and wrinkles are removed. Then, sutures are applied using a special and innovative technique.
This procedure leaves some scars where the incisions are made; they can be more or less visible; if necessary, they can be corrected with a proper treatment.

Preoperative Preparation

The patient will be asked to stop taking aspirin or other drugs containing it 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. Aspirin can cause bleeding and, as a consequence, increase the risk of complications.

Post-operative care

The patient can be dismissed the same day of surgery or the day after.
The stitches will be removed within 7 to 15 days after surgery.

After the procedure

It is recommended to use the arms as little as possible for at least 10-15 days after surgery, to avoid straining the surgical wounds while they are still healing.
Already from the first day after surgery, a course of Tecar® Therapy is recommended to facilitate the absorption of edema (swelling) and ecchymosis (bruises). The surgeon, together with the physiotherapist performing the therapy, will decide the number of sessions.

Possible complications

Possible complications are very limited. The ones which might occur, but only in some rare cases, are: infections, abnormal or delayed healing of the wounds and hematoma.

Recovery time (back to the social life)

Physical activity can be resumed moderately already from the first day after surgery. Nevertheless, during the first two weeks after surgery, it is recommended to rest to avoid straining of the wounds. After this period, physical activity can be gradually resumed.