Mr Olivier Amar says: “My patients often tell me they do not have the confidence to wear short sleeves, gym-wear or a cocktail dress because of their arms. An arm lift is an effective treatment to help restore their self-esteem.”
WHAT IS AN ARM LIFT?
Arm lift surgery – also known as an arm reduction or brachioplasty – is surgery that reduces excess skin and fat on the upper arms to give a slimmer, more toned and defined look.
WHY CONSIDER AN ARM LIFT?
An arm lift may be right for you if you have:
- Sagging skin caused by the natural ageing process.
- Loose skin on the upper arm caused by weight fluctuations. While exercise can improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it cannot tighten all excess skin that has lost elasticity.
- Stubborn fat on the arms, an area that can be particularly resistant to dieting.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
For your safety, Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment.
Mr Olivier Amar takes several surgical approaches to arm rejuvenation, depending on your body and your goals:
In younger patients with firm skin that bounces back, liposuction alone can be sufficient to contour and sculpt the arms. Liposuction can also tackle pockets of fat around the armpit and bra strap bulges. Any small scars can usually be hidden in the armpit or on the back of the elbow. If arms have excess fat and less elastic skin, liposuction may need to be combined with surgical skin removal.
If your arms are slim with little excess fat, but the skin is loose and crepey, surgical skin removal alone may be sufficient.
During skin removal surgery, an incision will be made along the inner arm, so the scar will be discreet when your arms are by the sides of your body. Mr Olivier Amar has a particular interest in managing scarring and will ensure your scars are as discreetly placed as possible.
Alternatively, you may require both liposuction and skin removal.
Mr Olivier Amar will determine which treatment or combination of treatments will be most effective and suitable for you during your consultation.
Arm lift surgery is usually performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) as a day surgery, a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your Anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation. Having surgery with TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.