Arm Lift Surgery Performed


Arm lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of sagging skin in the lower part of the arms. Also known as brachioplasty.

During arm lift surgery, excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow are removed. The remaining skin is repositioned over the new contours to create a more fit look.

With aging, the skin on the upper arms begins to sag and loosen. Weight fluctuations can also cause the lower parts of the upper arms to sag. While the muscles in the upper arm can be strengthened by exercising, it is not possible to heal the excess skin that has lost its elasticity.


How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?

Before arm lift surgery, some examinations are applied on the patient. Avoiding from blood thinners for a while or stop taking herbal supplements is necessary.

The plastic surgeon starts the operation by making incisions in the lower parts of the arms. The length of the incisions depends on how much skin is to be removed. After the incisions are made, the surgeon tightens and fixes the underlying tissues. The skin is then covered over the new contours. Sutures or surgical tape are preferred to close the incisions.

Right after the arm lift surgery is over, the patient's arms are loosely wrapped with the bandages to prevent swelling. Small tubes called drains can be placed to drain excess blood and fluids accumulated during the procedure.


Arm Lift Surgery: Am I a Good Candidate?

The following features are usually known in proper candidates for arm lift surgery:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity,
  • Those who do not experience weight fluctuations,
  • Adults who are not overweight,
  • Adults in good general health,
  • Adults who have realistic expectations about the surgery.
After arm lift surgery, patients usually feel moderate pain for a while. However, this can be prevented with medications that the doctor will prescribe.
Recovery time may vary from person to person after arm lift surgery. It can be said that the average recovery is 2-3 weeks, depending on the scope of the operation and the patient's lifestyle.
During the first few days after arm lift surgery, it is usually recommended to put a pillow underneath to keep the arms elevated. Attention should be paid to this situation, especially in the first week.
Individuals who are candidates for arm lift surgery; have excess skin and fat in their upper arms that do not respond to diet and exercise, have good general health and do not have any medical conditions that could interfere with surgery or the healing process, have a stable weight and do not plan to lose a significant amount of weight in the future, have realistic expectations about the results of surgery, do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking for some time before and after surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
The cost of arm lift surgery depends on factors such as the surgeon's experience, the location, and the extent of the procedure. Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss costs and financing options.
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of bleeding, infection and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Other possible complications may include scarring, poor wound healing, numbness and asymmetry.

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