Are you unhappy with sagging underarm skin and excess arm fat? Have you tried weight loss solutions and upper body exercises without success? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for an arm lift procedure.
Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove fat while tightening and smoothing arm skin. The result is a slimmer, more toned appearance.
If you’re interested in learning more about arm lift surgery, keep reading for a complete guide.
As with most plastic surgery procedures, there are a few pre-operation items to consider. First, it’s highly recommended that you stop smoking two months before the procedure because smoking can increase the risk of complications and delay healing.
Before the procedure, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your medical history. Your doctor may also recommend blood work, an electrocardiogram (EKG), prescription medication, or supplements before the procedure.
You should also stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e, Advil, Tylenol) two weeks before arm lift surgery. If you have questions about the procedure or any of your current health conditions, discuss them with your doctor.
The first step to arm lift surgery is either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia (depending on what your doctor recommends.) Next, the incision is made. There are three areas your surgeon could make an incision – the inner arm, the back of the arm, or the inside of the armpit.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon can remove arm fat using liposuction and then tighten or reshape the tissue. Finally, the surgeon will pull the skin back in place over the tissue and suture the incision. The whole procedure can take about 3 hours.
As with any surgery, there could be arm lift risks. Risks include bleeding, scarring, pain, nerve or muscle damage, fatty tissue death, and excess fluid buildup. There are also health risks of anesthesia.
You will need someone to drive you home after arm lift surgery. You may also need to wear a compression sleeve to help with swelling.
Your doctor should review post-operative care with you. This includes medications and several follow-up appointments. During the follow-up appointments, your doctor may need to drain fluid and blood from the arm.
Total arm lift recovery time is about 6 weeks but you can resume some of your normal activities 2 weeks after surgery. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unexpected symptoms after surgery.
Think about how great it will feel to wear sleeveless shirts comfortably and confidently again. Skin naturally loses elasticity as we age but it doesn’t mean you have to live with excess fat and sagging skin.
Talk to your doctor today to see if you are a good candidate for arm lift surgery. Find an experienced plastic surgeon and get the process started today.
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