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Arm reduction


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Arm reduction procedure is done to reduce the excessive skin in the upper arm.  There are two types of arm reductions which can be performed.  The amount of excess skin determines which type of procedure is used.  The first is a Minimal Brachyplasty, and ellipse of skin is removed in the arm pit (axilla) and tightened.  Liposuction is done to remove the excess fat.

The second option is a Full Arm Reduction where an ellipse of skin is removed from the arm pit to the elbow.  This is used to remove a large excess of skin after radical liposuction.


The Procedure is performed under General Anaesthetic, the liposuction part of the procedure is done first, after which the excess skin is removed and the wound is then closed with absorbable sutures.  You will recover overnight in hospital and be given pain medication to take home.   The scars are taped up for six weeks following the procedure to avoid stretching of the scars.  We recommend the RegimA Scar repair cream which is stocked at our rooms, this will be applied to the scars from six weeks post operatively.  Your final result is only visible once all the swelling has gone which could take three to five months, or even longer.  However, most of the swelling is gone after six weeks.


During your initial consultation Dr van der Poel will be able to get a good idea of your concerns as well as your expectations of the procedure.  Dr van der Poel likes to see the patient for a second consultation in the week prior to the procedure to discuss any last-minute questions. Dr van der Poel takes time during his consultations to listen to your concerns and ensure that you are both on the same page.


You will see Dr van der Poel a week following the procedure to remove the sutures, thereafter every week for taping.  When you make your booking you will be given pre-operative instructions which will include medications and supplements to avoid prior to surgery since they can increase bleeding.  Should you have any concerns or questions you are welcome to call the rooms or send an email and we will be happy to assist.

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