Do you want to look and feel your best? An arm lift surgery can give you the boost of confidence you need to look in the mirror and love what you see. With our skilled surgeons, you can achieve the results you desire, and we make sure the process is as smooth and comfortable as possible. There are many reasons to consider arm lift surgery. Maybe you’ve lost a significant amount of weight and now have excess skin hanging from your arms.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your upper arms. If you have loose skin or excess fat in your upper arms, an arm lift can help you achieve a more toned appearance. In addition to improving the appearance of your arms, an arm lift can also help boost your confidence.
For a shape that better blends with your upper body, an arm lift cosmetic treatment may be just what you need. This treatment can smooth out the contour of your arm.
It is a good idea that you have read the information here on the website before the preliminary examination, and that you write down the questions that arise while reading and bring these with you to the preliminary examination.
When you come to the preliminary examination, we will ask you to bring the information form about your health, which is attached to the information material you receive from us when you book an appointment.
During your preliminary evaluation, you’ll communicate with the plastic surgeon about your preferences, and you will undergo an exam to be certain which treatment can be offered. You will receive thorough information about the procedure and the aftermath.
The final result following cosmetic surgery is not permanent, as typical aging processes, smoking, pregnancies, bodily modification, and weight fluctuation can have an influence on the result in the long run.
Those who need cosmetic surgery on their arms can mainly be divided into two groups. Those with too much fat on the upper arms and those with excess, loose skin/hangs. Often there is also a combination.
The first group usually includes younger people, both overweight and normal weight. If you have normal, elastic skin, liposuction (liposculpture) will usually be sufficient to achieve a good result. Loose, excess skin on the upper arm cannot be removed or tightened with creams, laser or ultrasound. If you have this condition, an operation that removes excess skin and tightens the remaining skin (brachioplasty) is necessary. The procedure is always combined with liposculpture. A growing group of patients are those who have had liposculpture performed at an earlier stage, and who, for various reasons, are not satisfied with the result. The most common reason is that the skin has not contracted sufficiently after the procedure.
Weight gain or hereditary factors can contribute to an increased amount of fat and or excess skin on the upper arms. Exercise combined with diet gives results, but often the skin is loose and inelastic, especially in women who have chosen to lose weight or in those who have had slimming surgery. It may then be necessary to remove excess skin at the same time as the liposuction. Arm plastic surgery cannot be done on severely overweight people (the limit is at BMI 28). With a BMI over 28, the possibility of complications increases dramatically. Here we set requirements for weight reduction first. It is an advantage that such operations are carried out after you have reached your comfortable weight. Further weight reduction may lead to the need for another operation later on.
The vast majority of our patients are very satisfied with the improvement they achieve both cosmetically and functionally, but it is important to have realistic expectations. Being overweight rarely gives a fully satisfactory result. It is not possible to perform an arm plastic surgery without leaving scars. The scars are often red and hard at first, but with time they fade and soften. Parts of the scar may vary in width. Sometimes there are small “donkey ears” at the ends of the scar. The more loose skin that is removed, the greater this problem. These usually disappear on their own within a year, but can possibly be removed later with a small adjustment.
The more skin to be removed, the longer the scar line you will get. In rare cases, the scars become wide and clearly visible. It is not always so easy to predict how the scars will turn out. You can get some idea by studying any previous surgical scars on your body. Much depends on whether our advice is followed and on the individual’s natural ability to create scars. The vast majority of our patients do not feel that the scars represent any problem. On a rare occasion, it may be necessary to carry out a scar correction, but there is no guarantee that the scar’s appearance will improve. The liposuction (liposculpture) can also rarely leave irregularities, which can be corrected. Such small adjustments are offered in cases where it is believed that the result will certainly improve.
Complications after arm plastic surgery are rare. Should complications occur, we have effective means to treat them. Our surgeons are available 24 hours a day all year round in connection with treatments. If you think something is wrong, call us. If you are in doubt and live far away, call your local emergency room for help. Bleeding may occur after each procedure. This occurs very rarely, and usually within the first day. It is therefore very important to keep calm and not travel more than 1-2 hours away from the clinic for the first day after the operation. Bleeding manifests itself as suddenly increasing pain and swelling in the arm region. This is not dangerous, but requires another small operation where the wound is opened and the bleeding point is stopped. The end result will not be affected by such a complication.Infections occur very rarely at the Fornebuklinikken (approx. 1-2 infections per 1000 operations). Signs of infection are red, hot, painful skin in the operation area. This is often accompanied by a reduced general condition and fever. In case of such symptoms, you should contact us, or another doctor if you live far away.
The worst possible complication is loss of skin or loss of tissue, either in whole or in part. Fortunately, this occurs extremely rarely, and almost exclusively in smokers. All surgeons who carry out this type of surgery will sooner or later be able to experience it. In arm plastic surgery, the tissue is tightened when the wound is closed. This results in reduced blood circulation. Smoking will further worsen blood circulation and the tissues may receive too little oxygen. It is therefore very important that you do not smoke after an arm plastic surgery. The wound needs all the oxygen it can get. Such a complication requires long-term wound changes and perhaps new operations. The result could be negatively affected.
Loss of or reduced sensation in the skin may occur. This will usually improve, and in some cases completely return. This often takes a long time, and one can expect improvement up to one to two years after the operation.