Q, I have lost lots of weight and this has left me with loose skin on my upper arms. I exercise regularly but it’s having no effect on them at all. I have heard of this surgery, would it help me ?
A. If you have lots of redundant skin on your upper arms you maybe a candidate for a brachioplasty , to give the operation its proper name. The best course of action is to arrange a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon to discuss this and see if you would be suitable. Call 03300 244 858 to arrange your consultation
Q. How long does the operation take, is it done under a general anaesthetic ?
A. The operation takes about one and a half to two hours. It is usually performed under general anaesthetic.
Q. How much time will I need off work ?
A. Allow seven to fourteen days off work, depending on the type of work that you do. You must avoid heavy lifting in any event for three to six weeks.
Q. Will the results last ?
A. Yes, provided that you do not gain or lose weight significantly in the future. Of course as you age the skin on your arms age just as everywhere else
Q. I have some fat on the arms too, can this be removed at the same time ?
A. Yes, the Surgeon can remove this excess fat with a little liposuction to streamline the arm altogether.
Q. Will there be a scar afterwards ?
A. Yes, there will be a scar but it will be in the natural contours of the arm. In any event the removal of the excess skin will greatly improve the appearance and this will be evident immediately after the surgery.
Q. I drive with my job, how soon can I drive again ?
A. It may be up to four weeks before you can get behind the wheel. Your arms will be sore in the initial recovery period.