Arm Lift Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
Excess fat stored in the arms is a common issue caused by the onset of aging or by genes. Yet, loose, stretched, and flabby upper arms can also be caused due to significant weight loss or weight fluctuations.
On top of that, our modern, stressful lifestyle causes cortisol hormone levels in our bodies to increase. Cortisol ups our hunger and makes our body store persistent fat in the hips, thighs, and upper arms area.
Excess fat in the arms – also called “bat wings” – usually attracts attention and makes people feel ashamed when wearing sleeveless or short sleeve clothes.
Even though exercise strengthens the muscles in the area, it can’t address excess, saggy skin that has lost its elasticity. This is why even well-toned people opt for surgical treatments to improve skin elasticity and the shape of their upper arms.
Arm lift surgery is suitable for both men and women.
What Is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery tightens loose skin and removes excess fat between the underarm (armpit) and elbow. The result is attractive, toned and more proportionate upper arms that help people restore their confidence.
Brachioplasty is indicated in cases where exercise and diets cannot reduce excess fat and tone loose skin in the upper arms. The only viable option for poor skin elasticity and skin folds in this body area is arm lift surgery.
For patients with excess arm skin but whose underlying fat is tight and the skin maintains relatively good elasticity, a combination of arm lift surgery and liposuction could be the best solution. Liposuction alone cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity.
Arm Lift Before & After Photos
What Does Arm Lift Surgery Involve?
Step 1: Anesthesia
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist.
Step 2: The Incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin. The plastic surgeon performs the skin incisions on the arm’s inside or on the back to ensure well-concealed scars.
The incisions may run along the inner arm and end up hidden inside the underarm (axilla) or the chest’s side to address severe looseness. Otherwise, the incision runs just along the hanging area.
If the patient has extra pockets of fat in the area, the surgeon will also perform a liposuction procedure at the same time to remove that fat.
Step 3: Closing the incision
After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon pulls the skin back over the underlying tissue and closes the surgical wound with absorbable sutures or stitches. The skin is draped over the new contours.
Recovery After Brachioplasty
The surgeon will suggest using a pressure garment in the area for 15-20 days to help minimize fluid retention, control swelling and accelerate recovery.
A smooth and tight upper arm contour is apparent immediately after the surgery. Bruising and swelling are typical side effects of brachioplasty that will go away within the first weeks post-op.
The patient can return to routine activities gradually from the first day after the arm lift surgery. However, more strenuous activities that can stretch the incisions should be avoided for a few weeks. Patients should not lift arms above shoulder level for the first 3-4 weeks.
Dr. Stavrou offers patients detailed postoperative care instructions that will ensure a speedy recovery process. His advice would include what medications to take and when, how to take care of wounds, do’s and don’ts after the surgery, and a timeline for follow-up visits.
Arm lift results are typically long-lasting. However, the skin may lose some firmness as people age, while changes in body weight or pregnancy may alter the upper arm’s appearance. Maintaining a healthy and stable body weight will help people retain the beautiful results of brachioplasty.
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What Are The Benefits Of Brachioplasty?
The arm lift is a safe cosmetic procedure with many benefits, including:
- Offers upper arms toned appearance & smooth feel
- Gets rid of sagging skin and “bat wings”
- Shapes & contours the arms
- Puts arms in better proportion with rest of body
- Boosts body image
- Boosts people’s self-confidence
- Patients can wear sleeveless clothes without worries
- Motivates people to exercise more
Who Is A Good Candidate For Brachioplasty?
Firstly, Dr. Stavrou schedules some thorough consultations with his patients to understand their unique needs and goals. Then, he advises them whether arm lift surgery alone or in combination with liposuction is the most effective solution for targeting unwanted deposits of upper arm fat. In general, patients who can benefit from arm lift surgery have the below characteristics:
- People who are in good health and exercise regularly but can’t achieve the upper arm results they’re looking for.
- People who have lost significant weight and have kept it off for at least 6 months; but still have excess fat and sagging skin in the arms that looks disproportionate with the rest of their body.
- People with isolated loose skin on the inside and back of arms.
- People who work out to stay in great shape, yet aging has caused their upper arm to lose elasticity and become saggy.
Where Will Brachioplasty Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs arm lift surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.
The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.
After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.
FAQs for Brachioplasty
How much does an arm lift surgery cost?
Arm lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience. Thus, the primary concern for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure should be to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.
The cost of arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) ranges based on the country and the doctor’s experience. In general, arm lift surgery cost is calculated based on a variety of factors, such as:
- Hospital costs
- Post-surgical treatment
- Post-op garment
For more information about arm lift surgery, reach out to Dr. Stavrou and his expert team:
- Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
- Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
- Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641
How painful is an arm lift?
After arm lift surgery, patients might experience light to moderate pain that can be controlled with prescribed painkillers. The arms are bandaged and wrapped with a compression garment that decreases the arms’ range of motion.
The pain subsides after the first few dates to the point where most patients no longer need pain relievers.
Is arm lift surgery safe?
Arm lift surgery is a safe procedure when performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons.
As with any other surgical procedure, arm lift might pose the below rare risks:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fluid buildup
- Muscle, nerve or blood vessel damage
- Fatty tissue death
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
Patients who follow the post-operative care instructions offered by Dr. Stavrou do not need to worry about arm lift risks.