Is ‘No Scar’ possible from Arm Lift Surgery?

Scars and Arm Lift Surgery

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How Dr Maxwell helps to minimise your arm lift scars after brachioplasty surgery.

All surgery leads to scars.  The incision lines of bilateral arm reduction surgery (also known as Brachioplasty or Arm Lift surgery) are often long.  Scars after arm lift surgery tend run along the inner arm from the armpit down to near the elbow, with some variations from patient to patient. So what can be done to reduce the scars after an arm lift? Read below to find out more and request our new Arm Lift Surgery guide.

Baggy, Saggy Arm Skin (“Wings”)

Many people want thinner, more sculpted arms, so if your arms are distressing you, you’re certainly not alone. You may be unhappy with the appearance of sagging upper arm skin that looks like “wings” or which makes a flapping sound when you move or exercise.  Sagging arm skin is especially common after bariatric surgery, significant weight changes or age-related hormonal changes that have impacted the skin and fat stores. If this leaves skin laxity and skin folds (hanging skin) where you feel it shouldn’t be, an arm lift/arm reduction procedure can help. But people are sometimes hesitant to get surgery because of the tell tale scars.

Trade off – thinner, firmer upper arms for scars?

It can be a trade off, meaning you can get arms that fit more readily into clothing and don’t wobble as much after an arm reduction procedure, in exchange for inner-arm scarring. It’s an individual choice and depends on how much it bothers you.

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Arm Scars After Surgery: 12 months for scar maturing and fading

Initially, the incision line scars are red and very noticeable for most patients. However, the scars are often not overly visible when a person has their arms by their side.  Scars will also mature significantly in about 12 months – at which time they often fade nicely to be less visible.  Patient results may vary, however, and some skin types are prone to more visible scars than other skin types. Mr Maxwell can discuss your skin’s resiliency and healing capacities during a personal consultation (phone 88491444 during Clinic Hours to schedule a consultation or send in a form below).  His team also provides patients with a post-surgery Rapid Recovery pack including proven healing aids for your body and your skin.

Lifestyle, skin health, skin tone and post-surgery compression make a difference in your arm scars after Brachioplasty

Arm reduction photographs including scars after arm lift surgery are copyright Mr Richard Maxwell. All rights reserved.

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Arm Reduction scars matured to past 12 months are shown in the above patient. Patient scarring results after arm surgery vary from patient to patient.

Again, your health, lifestyle, skin condition and adherence to post-surgery advice will impact your scars from an arm lift, but here is how Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Mr Richard Maxwell, helps patients to end up with less visible scars.

Mr Richard Maxwell’s special scar treatment protocols for Brachioplasty Patients who have Arm Reduction Surgery

Many arm lift procedures involve pre-surgery liposuction, although this can vary.  Liposuction incisions are often very small in nature and are treated as required.  The incision line of an arm reduction surgery is the area where the excess skin or skin folds, along with excess fat, are surgically excised or reduced.

Arm lift surgery patients of Mr Maxwell’s will be treated with his best-practice scar management for arm reduction surgery.

  1. Precision suturing without separate dermal layer of sutures
  2. Post-operative incision line (wound) taping (Dermabond Prineo) for four (4) weeks after surgery
  3. Compression garments for six (6) weeks after surgery
  4. Vitamin E Creme massage for six (6) weeks after tape is removed
  5. To optimise healing or if the scar becomes hypertrophic, additional therapies might be recommended, such as:
    Healite II low level light therapy and/or
    Fraxel, Silicone Gel/Compression, DermaPen (Micro-needling) or similar

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Don’t let the fear of scars frighten you away from having the surgery you’re wanting,” says Mr Maxwell. “These days, there’s a LOT we can do for you to keep scars to a minimum. Plus, I carefully place them so as not to be visible when your arms are by your side, both from the front and back views.”

Front view – arms raised – mature scars are visible but not overly visible after following the special protocols by Mr Maxwell for scar minimisation after arm reduction/arm lift surgery.

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Front view – arms by side – inner arm scars are not visible following the special protocols by Mr Maxwell for scar minimisation after arm reduction/arm lift surgery, including strategic placement of incisions.

Below is an example of how scars from arm reduction / arm lift surgery are hidden when the arms are by the side, including from the front and back views.

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Before surgery (LEFT photo) – After Surgery (RIGHT photo).

Arm reduction photographs copyright Mr Richard Maxwell. All rights reserved.

Before surgery (LEFT photo) – After Surgery (RIGHT photo).

Arm reduction photographs copyright Mr Richard Maxwell. All rights reserved.

Mr Maxwell focuses his practice on body, face and breast surgery. He is passionate about helping patients with body contouring and skin fold reduction after weight loss or bariatric lap band/gastric banding or gastric balloon surgery.

Brachioplasty patient after surgery for upper arm reduction.

Arm reduction photographs copyright Mr Richard Maxwell. All rights reserved.

How to schedule your Arm Lift/Arm Reduction Surgery with Mr Maxwell

If you are wanting to have smaller arms and less flabby upper arm skin through an arm reduction procedure, or if you have lost a lot of weight and have redundant skin folds, Mr Maxwell can help you with your body contouring requirements.  Phone a caring Patient Care Coordinator during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444 or send an enquiry form today.  You are also welcome to attend one of our FREE patient events.

Ask us for details as to when Mr Maxwell is presenting at an Information evening or choose to have a one-one confidential consultation about body contouring and/or arm reduction surgery procedures.

Last updated: January 3, 2020
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Dr Richard Maxwell
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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