As a result of the natural ageing process or weight loss, our arms will often begin to sag. This leaves you with excess skin which is often deemed unattractive and can lower your self-esteem and confidence. This is often resistant to diet and increased gym activity, leaving surgery as the only available option to improve the appearance of the arms. An arm lift is a straightforward procedure which allows you to remove excess skin and improve the aesthetic appearance of the arm. An arm lift can often be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as breast and abdominal surgery, which allows you to have a complete body transformation.
Am I A Good Candidate For An Arm Lift?
Those who are considered a good candidate for an arm lift include those who:
- Have lost a significant amount of weight
- Have sagging upper arms
- Have lowered self-confidence as a result of the arms.
You have to ensure you have enough sagging skin beneath the arms to justify undergoing an arm lift, which will leave you with a scar. In some cases, the surgeon may say there is not enough sagging present and refuse to proceed with surgery.
The best way to find out whether or not you are eligible for an arm lift is to book a consultation with one of our surgeons, who can analyse your arms and your health and determine whether you are a good candidate.
How Is The Surgery Performed?
The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the whole procedure and will be unable to hear or feel anything.
An arm lift involves making an incision on the underside of the arm, which runs from the underarm to the elbow. The surgeon will undertake liposuction to remove any excess fat. The excess skin will then be removed before the skin is pulled together and sutured. These sutures will be naturally absorbed by the body.
As a result of the incision on the underarm, you will have a scar. This will be more noticeable after surgery, however, over time the scar will fade in size and in colour. However, because the incision is made on the arm, the arm lift is the procedure with one of the most noticeable scars. If you are worried about the scar and do not have much excess skin, you may be interested in a mini arm lift instead. This will involve a smaller incision and remove a smaller amount of excess skin.
What is the recovery period like?
After surgery, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling around the incision site. You will be given pain medication which you can take during the recovery period. You may need drainage tubes in your arm, which will drain excess fluids. These will be removed the first few days after surgery.
You will need to wear a compression garment. This will help to reduce bruising and swelling, and therefore speed up the recovery time. It will also ensure your arm will stay in the best possible shape post-surgery.
The recovery time is relatively quick. You will be able to return to work within a week. You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for one month in order to avoid any damage to the incision area.
During the recovery period, the surgeon will book follow up appointments in order to monitor your progress and help ensure that you achieve the best possible results. You will also be able to call the surgeon or book any other follow up appointments if need be.
People often choose to have other surgeries at the same time as an arm lift. If you have recently undergone a dramatic weight loss, the arm lift will only help to remove the excess skin from the arms. As a result of this, many patients choose to undergo other procedures at the same time as an arm lift. So what procedures are suitable to have at the same time?
After losing weight, women will often notice a change to their breasts. They will tend to lose volume and appear saggier. There are numerous options available, including:
- Breast lift: this will not increase the size of the breasts, but rather lift the breasts so they appear less saggy and appear more firm and youthful.
- Breast reduction: women who have particularly large breasts may require a breast reduction, even after weight loss.
- Breast augmentation: after weight loss, some women may wish to have the size of their breasts increased by having implants inserted or having a fat transfer to the breasts.
After a large weight loss, it is normal to have excess skin around the abdomen. Removal of this excess skin is called an abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck removes the excess fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles and skin.
You may need to stop taking particular types of medication, however, your surgeon will advise you of this during the consultation. You will also need to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, and be able to continue to stop smoking throughout the recovery period.
The surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. The arm lift involves making an incision which will run from the underarm to the elbow. The excess skin will be removed, and if necessary, any liposuction to remove excess fat can be undertaken. The skin will then be pulled together and the incision will be sutured.
You will experience some bruising and swelling following the procedure, which is completely normal. You will be able to return to work within the week. You will need to avoid vigorous physical activity for the first four weeks following the procedure.
An arm lift is one of the few cosmetic surgeries which will leave you with a more noticeable scar. However, the scar will be on the underside of your arm, so it will not be very prominent. The scar will look worse after the surgery, however, with time it will fade in colour and size and look less noticeable.
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