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Arm Yourself for Summer – Brachioplasty removes the bat wings and restores shape and form

April 2, 2023

Bat wings, or upper arm fat and loose skin, is not uncommon, and many of us are armed with the extra wiggle and jiggle. Especially with age, hormones, gaining andlosing weight, and sun damage, all contributing factors to developing dreaded upper arm excess.

Fortunately, brachioplasty, or an arm lift, can restore shape and form to the upper arms, removing fat deposits, and smoothing and tightening skin and tissue. Undergoing this cosmetic surgery procedure in the cooler months – when winter has us covered up – is ideal. Not only do the cooler temperatures aid post-operation swelling, they aid controlled healing – and those extra layers ensure compression garments and bandages remain discreet.

Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and surgery typically takes one-to-two hours. Whilst there are serval brachioplasty procedures that can be performed, some may include liposuction. A plastic surgeon with specialist expertise will discuss the best surgical path for you and tailor the procedure to your individual needs. Commonly surgery involves making an incision either on the back or inside of the arm. Fat is then surgically removed and repositioned, and the underlying tissues tightened and contoured, with skin then smoothed over the new contours.

Brachioplasty is an invasive cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, so healing and recovery time will be a part of your post-surgical journey. Straight after surgery you’ll notice results but you will experience bruising and swelling, and some discomfort for up to three or four weeks. Daily wear of compression garments is a must during this time period and putting any strenuous activities and exercise on hold ensures sufficient healing.

Brachioplasty is best suited to adults with significant upper arm skin laxity, whose weight is stable and are not significantly overweight, and those who are healthy individuals. Reaching out to a trusted cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon to discuss all options is essential for safe practice and best results.

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