Transformation Unveiled: A Comprehensive Guide to Breast Lift and Brachioplasty

The shape and firmness of a woman’s breasts can significantly influence her self-esteem and sense of femininity. For those concerned with sagging or drooping breast tissue, a breast lift can be an ideal solution, rejuvenating the breasts’ appearance and boosting confidence.

For individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, such as after bariatric surgery, loose and sagging skin on the upper arms can be a persistent issue. This can lead to discomfort and limitations in clothing choices. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, offers a way to reduce this excess skin, tighten supportive tissue, and refine the arm’s contour, providing a slimmer and more defined appearance.

Cosmetic Procedures

Many men and women who have lost significant weight (such as after bariatric surgery) are left with loose, sagging skin in the upper arms. This can be a source of embarrassment and limit the type of clothing that can be worn. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can reduce this excess skin and tighten supportive tissue to help slim and define the upper arms. It can also reduce any pockets of fat in the upper arm that may be resistant to weight loss.

An arm lift can be performed either through a simple incision on the inner or outer side of the elbow or, as in some patients, an extended brachioplasty through the lateral chest and breasts. The latter technique, which can eliminate bat wing deformity in the axilla and lateral chest, is often paired with some form of arm liposuction to decrease the overall arm circumference and allow more skin to be removed.

Because the upper arms can be difficult to contour by themselves, some plastic surgeons recommend performing an arm lift in conjunction with other body-contouring procedures like a tummy tuck and/or a breast lift. This will enhance the results by proportioning the breasts to their new, slimmer upper-body shape. It is also possible to perform certain facial Local Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, such as an eyelid lift, chin augmentation, or a neck lift, at the same time as an arm lift.

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Breast Implants

A breast lift can help address sagging or “ptosis” and if you’re a good candidate, this procedure can be combined with augmentation surgery to improve both the look and feel of your bust. Adding implants can increase breast size and enhance the shape of your nipple.

There are several types of breast implant available, and we work with each patient to choose a style that suits their needs and goals. The two most common are silicone and saline. Silicone gel-filled implants provide a more natural and realistic appearance and are generally preferred. Saline-filled implants are less expensive, but may have a harder time conforming to the natural contours of your chest and may be more prone to rippling.

The location of the implant is also an important consideration. Implants can be placed either behind the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or in front of it (subglandular). Submuscular placement has the advantage of a lower risk of capsular contracture and a more natural breast shape but requires a longer surgery and more scar tissue. Subglandular placement is shorter but has the disadvantages of a more visible scar and less tissue to support the implant.

The cost of this procedure will depend on your individual treatment program and may include the surgeon’s fee, costs associated with the facility, anesthesiology, post-operative garments, and any additional surgical techniques. GalaFLEX is an optional addition that can extend the results of your breast lift and may be a good option for some patients.

Breast Lift

The aging process, childbirth, fluctuations in weight, and genetics can all contribute to breast drooping or sagging. A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) can restore a more youthful appearance and boost self-confidence by repositioning the nipple higher on the chest wall and removing excess tissue. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and takes about 3 hours.

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To prepare for a breast lift, your surgeon will want to know about any past or present medical conditions and medications you’re taking. You should also tell your doctor about any natural supplements or naturopathic substances you use, including garlic, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and other herbs that may interfere with clotting or anesthesia.

During your procedure, the surgeon will make one or more incisions to access and reshape the breast tissue. The surgeon will then close the incisions with sutures and sometimes place a drain tube to prevent fluid buildup. After the surgery, you may experience pain, swelling and bruising. You can take pain medication as directed, and ice packs can help reduce swelling.

The results of your breast lift should be permanent if you maintain a stable weight, avoid smoking, and exercise regularly to prevent new areas of sagging or stretch marks. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding post-op care to minimise the risk of complications.

Brachioplasty

The skin of the upper arms loses its elasticity as people grow older, and experience weight fluctuations or because of hereditary conditions. This results in a flaccid deposit of tissue that hangs like wings when the arms are extended and cannot be improved by diet or exercise alone. This can be a source of insecurity and embarrassment for many people. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, reduces excess fatty and loose skin to create a toned, defined appearance.

During the operation, an incision is made on the inside of the arm from the elbow to the armpit. Excess skin is removed and, if needed, fat is suctioned from the area. The procedure typically takes one to two hours to treat both sides. The surgeon can use liposuction to address additional areas of unwanted fat as well.

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Following the procedure, the patient can expect some swelling of the arm and hand. This is usually minor and improves over time. Patients can return to work within a few weeks.

Because the skin is being surgically altered, a scar will be present. The size and appearance of the scar is usually not a concern but can be discussed with your doctor. As with all surgeries, complications can occur. They may include damage to the lymphatic system, infection, and blood clots. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery to avoid these risks.

Both breast lifts and brachioplasty can significantly enhance a person’s appearance and self-confidence. By addressing issues of sagging and excess skin, these procedures offer solutions for those seeking a more youthful and toned physique. Consulting with a skilled surgeon will ensure personalised treatment plans that meet individual goals and needs, ultimately leading to satisfying and long-lasting results.