Banish sagging, loose underarm skin with arm lifts in Bangkok. If you’ve exercised, used weights, massaged and tried practically everything to tighten this flapping skin – and it stubbornly refuses to budge – then arm lift surgery may appeal.
Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, can be performed to remove fat and tighten the loose skin on the upper arms. Ageing causes the skin to lose elasticity, and this is particularly prevalent in the skin between the underarm and elbow, causing it to sag. Massive weight loss can also lead to this problem, commonly referred to as ‘bat wings’ or ‘bingo wings’.
If exercise hasn’t diminished the loose skin under your arms, you don’t mind the scarring (which do fade in time) and are otherwise in good health, you may be a good candidate for the procedure.
Bangkok has some of the best healthcare facilities in the world – and is also one, if not THE, pioneer of modern medical tourism, since it began treating international patients in the 1990s. Since then, its facilities have evolved, and it still remains the destination of choice for many patients looking for good-quality facilities with international health and safety standards, professional expertise and standards of customer care that are, in many cases, considerably better than what they receive in hospitals at home.
Like any other surgical procedure, you should consider all the pros and cons carefully. This means doing some research on the actual procedure – the pros and cons; what you are hoping to achieve; expectations, and so on. But, it also means researching facilities/clinics and surgeons too. You can perform some rudimentary checks online – but you may not yield anything useful, and even if you do, how do you know whether the information is accurate or trustworthy?
Medical Departures have made it easy. Our surgeons and clinics have verified credentials that we have checked ourselves. This includes clinic visits, confirmation of professional memberships & qualifications and real patient testimonials. Please remember that although nothing is foolproof, and no surgery can ever be guaranteed one-hundred percent, finding a surgeon and clinic whose credentials stack-up is the best way to ensure your surgery is successful.
Arm lift surgery is reasonably straightforward, and in comparison to other cosmetic surgeries, the downtime is short. You should, after a few days, be able to get out and about – certainly walking around or dining out shouldn’t prove to be too difficult – and enjoy everything that Bangkok has to offer.
There are a few options open to you, which will be determined by the extent of the underarm skin and fat, as well as the quality of your skin.
Liposuction is an option if your skin has good enough elasticity to shrink back around your muscle tissue once the fat is removed. A small incision is made under the arm and the fat sucked diluted and sucked out via a tube. Unfortunately, if you do not have good elasticity, or have a lot of sagging skin, liposuction alone is likely to make your arms look worse. For this reason, it is often used in combination with brachioplasty surgery.
Brachioplasty can be performed in three ways. A standard brachioplasty removes excess skin from armpit to elbow. Limited incision brachioplasty works if you have loose skin but not too much excess fatty tissue in the inner arm near the armpit. The surgeon may be able to tighten this by pulling the excess skin and tucking it into the armpit. If you also have loose skin and fatty tissue that extends into the side of the chest wall, then the standard brachioplasty incision can be lengthened to include this area in an extended brachioplasty.
The recovery time is fairly short after the surgery – many patients are back in work within 3 – 5 days. As with any surgery, you will experience soreness and tenderness for a few days, but you should be up and walking about as soon as you can after surgery. Gently stretching and moving your arms will help reduce swelling and aid healing but it will be around 4 weeks before you gain full movement back. Scarring will fade gradually so that by around 12 months they will barely be noticeable.
Arm lifts in Bangkok average around AUD $4,000 compared to AUD $8,000 in Australia.
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