The surgical procedure is called a Brachioplasty. Excess skin and fat on the arms are removed. This reduces the circumference of the arm. In patients with little excess skin and good skin tone liposuction alone may suffice. However, in patients who have had massive weight loss and where there is excess skin, the excess skin and fat are removed surgically.
The incisions are made on the inner arm and in the armpit. For very large skin excesses the incision may extend on the side of the chest.
The operation lasts 2 to 3 hours. The anaesthesia can be general or local with sedation.
Side Effects include swelling, feeling of tingling and pins and needles along the arm and bruising.
Complications could include poor scarring, loss of sensation along arm and forearm and axillary contracture.
Patients can return to work after 7 to 10 days. The scar is healed by 14 days and a compression garment is worn for several months.