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A brachioplasty is also known as an arm lift.
In this procedure the excess skin (wings) under the arms is excised and/or liposuctioned.
The skin excess may extend to the chest wall
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE:
- Massive weight loss patients
- Elder patients
- Weight fluctuations and patients with excess skin laxity
A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure, which addresses excess fat and skin from the arms. Patients present with a typical winged arm appearance and feel very uncomfortable in short-sleeves.
The procedure is done under general anaesthesia, patients are positioned in a supine position with the arms extended. Treatment consists of liposuction alone (if there is no skin excess and there is no skin laxity), excision alone (if there is mainly skin excess only), or a combination of liposuction and surgical excision.
An ellipse skin is excised resulting in a scar extending from the armpit to the elbow. The scar is placed on the inside of the arm and is usually hidden.
Massive weight loss procedures
- Return to work is within 2 weeks
- Exercise may commence in 4 – 6 weeks
- A compression garment should be worn for at least 6 weeks
- Some bruising of the arms may persist for a few weeks
Contact us to arrange a consultation for a full assessment by Dr Liakos. We are happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Dr Dimitri Liakos is a member of the College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa and a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa (APRASSA).
He is a member of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (WSRM) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).