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In Focus: What’s involved in Brachioplasty?

January 14, 2015

shutterstock_174167249Brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure whereby excess sagging skin and fatty tissue is removed from the underarm. It is a form of body contouring that tightens the tissue in the arms to improve its appearance and prevent drooping. A number of factors can contribute to sagging skin, including age, weight loss and hereditary conditions.

This type of surgical procedure has become increasingly popular over recent years. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a total of 300 brachioplasty procedures were carried out in 2000. Twelve years later, a staggering 15,000 brachioplasties were performed – that’s an increase of 4,378%.

Mike Saul, head of Cosmetic Surgery Negligence here at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, answers some common questions associated with brachioplasty:

“What does the procedure involve?”

Brachioplasty involves several steps. After you’ve been given general anaesthetic, your surgeon will make an incision into your arm. The length of the incision will depend on how much skin needs to be removed; it may be a couple of inches, or it may stretch from the armpit down to the elbow. Liposuction techniques may be used on people who have a considerable amount of surplus fat that needs to be removed.

Next, the surgeon will use internal stitches to tighten and reshape the tissue. They will then pull the remaining skin taut over the arm and will close the incision using external stitches.

“How long will the procedure take?”

A typical brachioplasty procedure can take anywhere between one and a few hours. The exact time will depend on the length of the incision, the amount of excess skin and its location, and whether liposuction techniques are used on the patient.

“What can I expect after my procedure?”

Following the procedure, it is common for patients to feel mild pain and discomfort for several weeks, though many people report that this pain is bearable. This type of procedure also leaves patients with physical scarring where the incision was made.

“What are the possible complications associated with brachioplasty?”

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with it. Complications for arm lift procedures may include excessive scarring, bruising, and swelling of the arm. The patient may also experience persistent or severe pain following the procedure.

“What are the potential signs of negligence?”

Excessive scarring or asymmetry may indicate negligent brachioplasty surgery.

If you have undergone brachioplasty and feel your procedure was handled negligently, you may be entitled to receive cosmetic surgery compensation. Call a member of our specialist team today on 0800 634 0285 to see how we can help you.

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