Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an ‘arm lift’, involves the removal of excess fat and skin on the upper arm that is often referred to as a ‘bat wing’. The majority of men and women who opt for this surgery are those who have lost a lot of weight. These patients often find that while they have lost the fat in the upper arm, the loose skin stays behind. While our skin does have the ability to bounce back somewhat, it is not enough to tighten the skin on the arm as most would like.
There are three different types of Brachioplasty based on the extent of the work needed. Whether you have some fat and skin under the arm that you’re not happy with or excess fat that extends down the length of the arm and even along the sides of the chest—there is a Brachioplasty technique for you. The extent of the work done will determine the location and extent of the scars, as well as the recovery time. The incision (the length of the scar) and the location of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that would require removal. The incision is commonly placed on the inside or the back of the arm and this decision will be made with Dr. Beber during your in-depth consultation. In cases where there are more skin to be removed, the incision can extend from the underarm to the elbow. When there is fat that would require removal, liposuction of the fat will be performed then.
Brachioplasty is usually performed as a day-surgery procedure. It can also be combined with other body contouring procedures. Commonly Brachioplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. You will require a responsible person to take you home and stay with you overnight. A prescription will be written for pain management.
After Brachioplasty, a smoother contour will be the result and it will be apparent immediately after surgery. Patients are required to wear special garments under their clothes for several weeks after surgery that gently compress the arms to minimize swelling and bruising and aid in recovery. There are sutures that will require removal 2 weeks after surgery. Dr. Beber will see you for follow-up at 5 days, 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after your procedure.
The risks although rare associated with Brachioplasty are infection, bleeding, unfavourable scarring, poor wound healing, asymmetry and skin loss. Dr. Beber will review the risks associated with this procedure and specific risks associated with your predetermined health condition.
The most important thing to realize about Brachioplasty procedures is that they require the placement of a permanent scar down the inside of the arm from the armpit to the elbow. Therefore the amount of skin hanging from the upper arm must bother you enough to make this scar worth it. For those with significant amounts of hanging arm skin after weight loss, the scar is often worth the improvement in the arm contours.
Dr. Brett Beber Plastic, Cosmetic, and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Beber is a highly trained Plastic Surgeon, specializing in breast surgery, body contouring, and facial aesthetics. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Beber lectures at University of Toronto’s Division of Plastic Surgery, where he has earned professional respect and recognition.
Dr. Beber graduated with honours from the Faculty of Medicine (University of Toronto). In 2004, he completed the prestigious five-year Plastic Surgery Training Program, while receiving a number of awards for patient care, research, and teaching. After training, Dr. Beber was asked to join Women’s College Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital, where he continues today.
Over the years, Dr. Beber has received the Sopman Humanitarian Award; A. W. Harrison Award for Excellence; and the Tau Omiron Phi Chi Award (Clinical Research). He is the Co-Chairman of the Toronto Breast Symposium, which is the largest conference of its kind in Canada, dedicated to aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. TBS remains at the forefront of innovation in the field.
At his midtown Toronto clinic, Dr. Beber provides full service cosmetic plastic surgery, with a focus on breast enhancement, facial aesthetics, non-surgical injectables, and body contouring. The patient roster is diverse, primarily from personal recommendations and physician referrals. It’s simply a reflection of Dr. Beber’s respected position, experience and patient dedication.
Dr. Beber’s clinic staff is dedicated to exceptional service – from the first phone call, to the initial visit, to every post-operative follow-up. The ultimate objective is to foster an empowering patient experience for one of the most personal and emboldened decisions a person can make. Best of all, the team is there every step of the way, from decision making, to surgery, to recovery.
A decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is both personal and exciting. For Dr. Beber, step one is always patient education – a personal consultation in a comfortable, unhurried environment. Dr. Beber listens attentively to patient concerns, identifies personal goals, and thoroughly reviews the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery techniques. He explains the procedure that will be used, the recovery aspects, and the potential risks of surgery.
Dr. Beber is known for his warm and thoughtful approach, as he encourages patients to present questions, and be better informed. This is the best way to make health decisions. From breast surgery, to body contouring, to facial aesthetics, Dr. Beber offers a highly professional approach, using the latest in state-of-the-art techniques. Every procedure is customized, and all personal aesthetic concerns addressed.