BODY SURGERY

Brachioplasty

The Brachioplasty procedure, also often referred to as an arm lift, can improve the appearance of drooping or sagging upper arms. This can be accomplished with the removal and firming up of excess skin.

Dr. Hatem Elfieshawy joins Dr. Michael Zacharia to assist him in meeting the goal of ensuring that every patient is able to achieve his or her appearance goals. Dr. Elfieshawy brings to the team extensive experience with a range of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Elfieshawy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) and has extensive experience working with patients to meet their cosmetic goals. Dr. Elfieshawy offers an artistic eye to the cosmetic surgeries he performs, producing results that exceed the expectations of his patients.

What is Brachioplasty (arm lift) Surgery?

The Brachioplasty procedure, also often referred to as an arm lift, can improve the appearance of drooping or sagging upper arms. This can be accomplished with the removal and firming up of excess skin.

A number of concerns can lead to the arms losing shape and taking on a drooping or sagging appearance. The surgery can give the upper arms a more toned and defined look that would otherwise not be achievable with targeted exercise alone.

Am I a good candidate for Brachioplasty Surgery?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for Brachioplasty surgery could include the following.

  • Excess sagging skin on the upper arms
  • Drooping skin after weight loss or as the result of age
  • Localised fat pockets in the upper arm region
  • Loss of definition and tone to the upper arms
  • Loose skin folds that are prone to infection

Do you qualify for Brachioplasty Surgery?

The ideal candidate for an Brachioplasty surgery is a man or a woman over the age of 18, who is in good physical and mental health. It is recommended that those who are smokers stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery. It’s also suggested that patients avoid alcohol and stop taking any supplements that many have the potential for causing complications during the procedure and the recovery phase.

Patients should be at a stable weight for a minimum of six months, as any fluctuations in weight can have an impact on the results of the surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will explain to you what needs to be accomplished in order for you to be eligible for the procedure.

FAQs

How can Dr. Elfieshawy get the best in results for you?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy is your opportunity to discuss the concerns and goals that you have related to your upper arms. A physical examination will be conducted, and the patient’s complete medical history will be reviewed.

Plastic surgery is highly individualised, so each factor unique to you will be taken into consideration when your surgery is being planned. No two surgeries are alike, and Dr. Elfieshawy will use his experience and talents to ensure that your results help you to meet your cosmetic goals.

How much does the Brachioplasty Surgery cost?

The costs associated with Brachioplasty surgery can vary between individuals. Some patients opt for a breast reduction or a lift at the same time as the brachioplasty, which can have an impact on the cost.

The costs will be based upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the costs of anaesthetic, and hospital fees. It’s important to note that surgeries performed purely for cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. Patients are encouraged to discuss their coverage with their insurance companies prior to scheduling the surgery.

How can I best prepare for Brachioplasty Surgery?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the procedure and potential risks involved with the surgery. He will also ensure you have realistic expectations and learn what is to be expected during the recovery process.

Each patient is provided with a preoperative checklist that will cover everything that needs to be accomplished prior to the surgery. This could include ensuring a healthy diet and workout routine so you are in great shape on the day of your surgery. Any supplements and medications that may potentially lead to complications during surgery should be stopped.

Preparing for your surgery will also mean making sure that you have help at home during the recovery phase. You’ll be unable to raise your arms or care for your personal needs for at least the first week after your surgery.

What you need to know about anaesthesia

The Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. If you have ever had a poor reaction to anasethesia in the past, be sure to let Dr. Elfieshawy know. Any prior complications should be discussed, in order to ensure your safety during and after the procedure. It’s important to note that most patients tolerate the anaesthesia well.

The procedure itself

The Brachioplasty surgery typically lasts three hours, but it may vary based upon the extent of work that needs to be done. Some patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital.

On the day of surgery, Dr. Elfieshawy mark on your arms where he plans on making incisions. There are a few ways to perform an arm lift, but the techniques used most often involve incisions that are on the inside of your arms or those that extend from your armpit to your elbow. Once you are under anaesthesia, your surgeon will begin the process of removing, tightening and reshaping the skin on your upper arms.

Any pockets of stubborn fat may be removed surgically or with liposuction. Stitches will be used to close up the incisions.

What to expect after the surgery?

Patients can expect to have pain and discomfort, along with swelling, in the days right after surgery. Patients will also not be able to raise their arms and may have a limited range of arm motion. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain. Bruising, stiffness and numbness can also often be experienced during the recovery phase. Patients may be quick to tire and should rest when they need to.

What are the risks and complications involved in Brachioplasty surgery?

All surgical procedures bring with them the potential for risks, even with the best in surgeons performing the surgery. The potential risks associated with the surgery are minimal and include infection, excessive bleeding and blood clots.

How long is the recovery period?

Each patient heals at his or her own pace. Most patients will need to be on restrictive activity for six weeks after the surgery. Most will see a reduction in pain and discomfort after the first week, with an increase in range of motion as each day goes by. Compression garments may be worn to help reduce swelling and control discomfort.

Swelling will be drastically reduced by the twelve-week period. It can take up to six months for the final results of the Brachioplasty surgery to be seen.

How long will I be out of work?

Most patients will be ready to return to work after two weeks of recovery, unless their jobs require lifting and physical activity. Patients will be cleared to resume physical activities by the eighth week of recovery.

What kind of scarring is possible after Brachioplasty?

During your consultation Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the techniques he will be using when performing your surgery. Every effort is made to minimise scarring, but scars are inevitable with this type of surgical procedure. Scars will fade in time, and there are aesthetic therapy options to reduce the visibility of scars.

How long will it take to see the final results?

Each individual recovers and heals at his or her own pace. The final results of surgery may take up to six months to be seen.

Are you ready to work with Dr. Elfieshawy? Call to book your consultation for your Brachioplasty.

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