Well-shaped and well-defined arms are the dream of many women today! Who is not proud of a well-worked arm that gives grace to the feminine silhouette. Low-cut dresses, sleeveless shirts and the confidence of being able to give the famous "bye-bye" without worrying about the excess fat and skin that can accumulate forming the dreaded "bat wing." Genetic factors, poor diet and physical inactivity associated with age, can cause an accumulation of fat located in the arms region as well as sagging skin. Substantial weight loss as in the case of post-bariatric surgery can also lead to excess skin on the arms. For these cases, plastic surgery of the arms, known as brachioplasty, which aims to return the brachial contour, eliminating excess skin and fat, leaving the skin smoother, with a smoother contour, resulting in a toned and more youthful appearance, is indicated. - Frequently asked questions about brachioplasty

What is brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is plastic surgery of the arms. It aims to remodel the arm, smoothing and improving its contour by removing excess skin and fat located between the armpit and the elbow.

How is the postoperative period of plastic surgery of the arms (brachioplasty)?

Arm surgery takes an average of 3-4 hours of surgical time and is usually performed under general anesthesia. The patient is hospitalized for 24 to 48 hours. Relative rest should be respected for approximately 15 days, at which point the stitches are removed. The return to social activities takes place in 20 days and physical activities without the use of arms after 30 days. The release for physical activities such as the arms takes place after 90 days. A compressive half sleeve should be used for 24 hours for the first 30 days and then 12 hours for an additional 30 days. We recommend lymphatic drainage to contribute to the regression of the swelling. The definitive result occurs between 10 to 18 months.

What are the main indications for brachioplasty?

The main candidates for plastic surgery of the arms, are those that have accumulation of fat and excess skin in the arms. It is a surgery that must be indicated with great care, because the improvement obtained in the contour of the patient's arm does not always compensate for the resulting scar, which can be extensive in certain cases.

How are the scars resulting from plastic surgery on the arms?

Brachioplasty scars vary from a small scar in the armpit (axillary fold or groove) in cases of small excess skin, can extend through a vertical scar to almost the elbow crease later, in cases of medium and large excesses of skin and adipose tissue. Prior planning and an understanding between the surgeon and his patient is of fundamental importance, as the benefit of improving the shape of the arm must be taken into account, but against an apparent resulting scar.

Is there a danger in plastic surgery of the arms?

The risks exist and are inherent in any surgery. Currently, these risks are minimized with a good preparation of the patient, previous exams and surgical risk, in addition to a hospital environment prepared for surgery, with support of post-operative ICU. A care and postoperative with respect to rest and guidance, the close monitoring by your surgeon contribute a lot to the success of the surgery.

In the case of new weight changes, what can happen to the result?

In the case of new weight gain and also due to the continuation of the aging process, the result may become poorer or even compromised, thus requiring a new approach to obtain a satisfactory result again.