If you would like to remove excess sagging skin Dr. Secretan at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics can help.
An arm lift procedure, medically known as a brachioplasty, is an elective cosmetic surgery option that effectively eliminates excess tissue and unwanted fat from the arms. It is a solution for those who have loose skin or sagging arms after weight loss, which may not have improved significantly with regular exercise.
If you need help getting the toned arms of your dreams and live in or around Lethbridge Alberta, Calgary or southern Alberta, get in touch with our team to schedule a consultation and explore your options.
Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards achieving the toned, defined arms you’ve been dreaming of.
A brachioplasty involves an incision along the arm to remove excess fat and tissue before trimming the skin.
This procedure is an effective solution for patients looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin or “bat wings” on their upper arms, especially post-weight loss. During arm lift surgery liposuction may be used to achieve upper arm contouring.
Our main goal is to provide the best results for our patients seeking arm lifts in Alberta. Dr. Secretan understands that each patient is unique and will personalize the technique used for their individual needs to ensure the most beneficial outcome.
If you have sagging skin on your upper arms, an arm lift may be the right choice for you.
Ideal candidates for this elective cosmetic surgery procedure are in good health, non-smokers and have a stable body weight.
Is an Arm Lift Right For You?
Brachioplasty is a common cosmetic surgery with a high success rate and high patient satisfaction, however choosing to go forward with any surgery is a highly personal decision.
Many people who experience extreme weight loss are left with excess skin and fat that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone.
Those who have significant sagging may feel self-conscious about their appearance.
However, people with only minor sagging may choose not to undergo surgery to correct it.
Brachioplasty is a suitable procedure for patients who wish to correct sagging skin on their upper arms and are in general good health, are non-smokers or willing and able to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery and during recovery, and at a healthy weight.
If you would like to know about this procedure and whether or not you are a candidate, book a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Secretan, today!
Brachioplasty in Southern Alberta:
If you are interested in an arm lift, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Secretan, our plastic surgeon. During your consultation Dr. Secretan will discuss your goals and treatment options.
LPSA is a full-service plastic surgery and medical aesthetics office located in southern Alberta. Our patients travel from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the United States to receive care from us, and we pride ourselves in offering the most effective and proven techniques available.
For a full list of our non-surgical interventions, please view our aesthetic services.
Your consultation will be your time to spend with Dr. Secretan, as well as the staff. We will discuss your goals and expectations and review with you the various options that exist in performing the procedure. Ample opportunity will be provided to ensure your personal comfort level with both the procedure and with us. Once you have decided to proceed with brachioplasty, we will do our best to schedule your surgery as conveniently for you as possible.
The possible risks of undergoing arm lift surgery include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
- Unfavorable scarring
- Recurrent looseness of skin
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Suboptimal aesthetic result
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Persistent pain
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent.
There is a wide range in the cost of a brachioplasty and there are a number of factors that determine the cost of this procedure from surgeon to surgeon. Some of these factors include: the experience of the surgeon, the amount of tissue that has to be removed and scope of the procedure.
A highly qualified surgeon who is in high demand will usually charge more than a less experienced doctor. Also, patients who have a lot of tissue that needs to be removed can expect to pay more than those with only minor sagging. If you are considering having multiple cosmetic procedures done, speak with Dr. Secretan about the possibility of having them all done at once.
For patients whose insurance will not cover cosmetic procedures, there are financing options available. Often patients will use a credit card or a personal line of credit, however our clinic offers financing through companies like Medicard that specialize in financing for cosmetic procedures.
These fees cover the cost of the anesthetist, whose presence is required during and immediately after your surgery, and the anesthesia administered.
Private Surgical Suite Fees
These fees cover the cost of the facility where your surgery is scheduled to take place.
The Surgeon’s Fees
In addition to your actual surgery, these fees also cover all pre-operative and post-operative follow-up appointments with your surgeon. Miscellaneous costs include the compression garment and any supplies you’ll need while you recover (such as sterile bandages).
To determine the exact cost of your personal surgery, book a consultation with Dr. Secretan.
Most plastic surgery procedures are performed as an outpatient procedures in the surgical suite located in the same building as our office.
Do not eat after midnight the night prior to surgery. You may drink clear fluids only, up to 6 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. We will see you at the clinic before your surgery. We will usually do a few measurements and make several standardized markings before going into the operating room. Surgery is usually carried out under general anesthesia, but for some patients, and depending upon the procedure, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is used. Our highly skilled anesthesia and nursing staff are there with you at all times to provide you with a safe experience in as caring and compassionate manner as possible.
The length of surgery depends upon the procedure that you are undergoing. At the conclusion of the surgery, a bandage will be applied over the incision site. The anesthetist will have given you pain medication prior to the end of the surgery to minimize postoperative discomfort. From the operating room, you will be taken to our recovery area where you will stay until you are ready to go home. A recovery room nurse will be attending to you at all times to monitor your recovery and to ensure that you are comfortable.
Once you are ready to be discharged home, we will see you to review your postoperative instructions. You will be given a number to contact us or one of our staff 24 hours a day should you need any advice after leaving the clinic. Because you will have been under an anesthetic, your judgment and coordination may be affected for up to 24 hours. It is important to have a responsible adult pick you up from the clinic and stay with you the first night following surgery.
Following your surgery, there are several things that you should be aware of. Most important, if there is anything at all that you are uncertain about, please make sure to contact our office.
After surgery some discomfort should be expected, however this can be controlled with prescribed medication.
The return to work after your surgery can be discussed with Dr. Secretan during your consultation.
Your focus after your surgery should be on rest and recovery to promote successful healing.
Immediately After Your Brachioplasty Procedure
When you awake from your surgery you will be in the recovery room. Your incision will be well covered. You may feel some incisional pain and discomfort, but this is generally well controlled by pain medications. You will be able to go home when you have fully recovered from the sedation.
Activity During Your Recovery
After surgery, you are encouraged to avoid activities that would pull on the incision line, especially those that involve movements of the arm such as lifting or reaching over your head.
Getting up and out of bed as soon as possible following the surgery is a must. Initially, you should sit with legs dangling over the edge of chair or bed for a few minutes before standing. This will eliminate dizziness and the possibility of fainting. Roll to your side, then sit up. Do not use your upper body or arms in any way to lift yourself.
We encourage you not to spend all your time in bed. This will minimize the risk of deep clots in your leg veins.
Washing to Promote Healing of Your Incision
On the first day after your surgery, you can take a shower. Do not sit in a bath. When taking a shower, remove the support garment and underlying dressing. The small white tapes (called steri-strips) over your incision should be left on. You will need to hold the drains in your hand while you shower. You can wet and soap the tapes and your incision. Use mild soap such as Dove or Ivory. Pat yourself dry using a towel (do not rub) and put the dressing pad and support garment back on. This daily routine will help keep the incision and drain sites clean and will promote wound healing. Taking a bath will only be possible once the drains are out, the sutures around your bellybutton are out and the incisions are well on their way to being healed (approximately 2-3 weeks). Avoid swimming pools or whirlpools for at least 1 month.
Care of Your Incision
- Most of the stitching is dissolvable and woven under the skin to prevent stitch marks.
- Once a steri-strip (the little white tapes over your tummy tuck incision) starts to curl up at it’s edge, you can remove it the rest of the way and throw it out. After the steri-strips are removed, no dressing will be required over the incision.
- Avoid direct sunlight to the incision line as this may result in pigmentation changes. This is particularly true during the first year after the surgery. Never expose the incision to sunlight without sunblock – use SPF 30 or greater.
- Scars will initially be red and a little raised, but over 3-6 months they usually get lighter in colour and flatten out.
- The quality of your tummy tuck results may be compromised if you fail to return for any scheduled post-op visits, or follow the pre and post-operative instructions.