brachioplasty

Brachioplasty Surgery Essex

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

Brachioplasty surgery is a type of body contouring surgery and is typically for those with loose skin and fat in the upper arms. Otherwise known as arm lift surgery, it is often performed in patients who have lost a lot of weight and have been left with saggy skin in the upper arms. Brachioplasty surgery can be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat and skin in the upper arms.

What To Expect From Brachioplasty Surgery

If you are considering brachioplasty surgery, you will have an initial consultation with Mr Sierakowski. During this, you will discuss the reasons why you would like to undergo the surgery and what you are hoping to achieve. Mr Sierakowski will outline the options available to you and explain the potential risks and benefits of the surgery. In addition to this, he will go through the procedure in detail with you, provide you with as much information about brachioplasty as possible and answer any initial questions you may have.

When you have made your decision to go ahead with the surgery, you will be invited for a second consultation. This is your opportunity to go through the planned surgery again and ask any final questions you may have. Both Mr Sierakowski and the team understand the importance of the choice you are making, which is why we offer full support from the moment you enquire right through to your recovery from the surgery.

What Happens During Brachioplasty Surgery?

Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 2 hours. The surgery involves removing a long ellipse of skin and fat from the inner side of the upper arm, between the armpit and the elbow. Depending on your own individual circumstances, the skin removal may extend into the armpit and onto the upper chest. Mr Sierakowski will discuss the exact pattern of skin removal that you require before your surgery and carefully explain the scars that will result. Once the loose skin and fat has been removed, the remaining skin is tightened to create a smoother, slimmer look. The incision is closed using special stitches which are hidden under the skin. Finally, Mr Sierakowski will apply dressings to your upper arms and place them in compression bandages to help reduce swelling.

Are There Any Potential Risks From Arm Lift Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are some potential risks from arm lift surgery. Some bruising and swelling are normal after surgery. Less frequent complications include infection, bleeding, wound breakdown, stretched or thickened scars, nerve injury, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus. These will all be discussed with Mr Sierakowski before you undergo the procedure.

What Happens After Brachioplasty Surgery?

After your arm lift surgery, you will normally stay in hospital overnight so our team can ensure you are comfortable and there are no problems with the wound. Most patients go home the next day and we ask you to take plenty of rest to allow your arms to heal. Depending on your job, you may be advised not to return to work for 2 to 4 weeks (especially if your job involves manual work). Driving is best avoided for 3 weeks and you won’t be able to return to the gym for 6 weeks after brachioplasty surgery.

Mr Sierakowski will check on your progress at regular follow up appointments, usually after 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 months.

Brachioplasty Surgery In Essex

There are a number of locations across Essex where Mr Sierakowski will perform brachioplasty surgery, including Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford and Springfield Hospital Chelmsford. To find out more information about the procedure and book your consultation, get in touch with us, today.

Key Facts

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Length of surgery
2 hours

Anaesthesia General
General Anaesthetic

Overnight or day case
Overnight

Recovery
2 to 6 weeks off work (depending on occupation)
No driving for up to 4 weeks
Return to the gym 6 weeks

Follow-up
1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months

Potential Risks and Complications of Surgery

Frequent
Bruising, swelling

Infrequent
Infection, bleeding, seroma, delayed wound healing or wound breakdown, lumpy uneven or stretched scars, nerve injury resulting in patches of numbness in the arm, asymmetry. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE) are blood clots that may occur in the leg (DVT) and travel to the lung (PE) – these are rare but can be very serious; we take careful measures in order to prevent them.

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