What is Arm Lift Surgery?
Gravity, age, fluctuations in weight and genetics all play a role in the development of loose and hanging arm skin. Despite weight loss arms may still exhibit fullness. Your arms can be improved with an arm lift (brachioplasty), which can be combined with liposuction. An arm lift usually requires an incision in the armpit and can extend to part of the inside of the upper arm. To maximize correction most patients will need an incision that extends to just above the elbow on the inside of the arm. An arm lift procedure can be combined with a breast lift or upper body lift for maximum correction. Dr. Ortega will evaluate you and discuss the extent of the surgery that will give you the result you are looking for.
Are you a candidate for an arm lift?
If you are looking to…
- improve the loose skin of the arm
- decrease the fullness of your arm
- improve the hanging skin of your armpit
then arm lift surgery may be the choice for you.
An arm lift is performed in the hospital under general anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts 2 hours but can last longer if other body contouring is performed. Incisions are created in the inner area of the arm and into the armpit. If necessary the incision can be extended below the armpit to remove excess skin and fat of the sides. The scarring tends to be more prominent with this procedure, but is placed in a location on the inner arm to make it less obvious. Following the surgery you will be placed in a special compression garment. The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis but some patients opt for an overnight stay for observation and comfort measures.
Once home you can be up and about immediately. Any discomfort you experience can be alleviated with the medication Dr. Ortega prescribes. Usually drains are used. You will be able to shower the day after your surgery. Dr. Ortega will see you daily to change your dressing. In about 1 week you should be able to return to work depending upon the type of work you do. You should avoid heavy lifting or pushing for 4 to 6 weeks. You should continue to wear your garment for 4 weeks. Full activity may be resumed after 6 weeks or sooner depending upon your recovery.
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