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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