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Arm Lift

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What is Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty, reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the underarm to the elbow, providing a rejuvenated appearance. A well-done arm lift tightens the underlying supportive tissues, removes excess drooping skin, and defines the arm.

Why Should I Get An Arm Lift?

The skin on your upper arms changes as you age, drooping, and looseening your upper arms. Weight loss might also cause drooping of the undersides of your upper arms. Exercise can help to strengthen the upper arm muscles but cannot address extra skin that has lost suppleness. If the undersides of your upper arms are drooping, consider getting an arm lift.

Preparing for an arm lift

You may take precautions in the weeks and months leading up to surgery to ensure that your arm lift is as safe and successful as possible. If you smoke, stopping one to two months before surgery can significantly reduce your chance of problems. Slow wound healing, for example, is a typical smoking-related problem that raises your risk of infection. Before surgery, work with your doctor to develop a smoking cessation plan.

Your doctor will do a preoperative assessment several weeks before your arm lift. They’ll look at your current health and medical history to see if you’re ready for surgery. The preoperative assessment is also an excellent chance to ask your doctor any questions concerning the arm lift.

Procedure

How The Arm Lift Procedure Is Performed

Arm Lift surgery is done in following steps:

Anesthesia

General anesthesia or intravenous sedation is administered for the patient's comfort. Your doctor will propose what is best for you after analyzing your health state and depending on the amount of surgery.

Incision

The surgeon cuts an incision on the inside or rear of the arm. The length of the incision is determined by the location and amount of extra skin and fatty tissue.

Removal of excess fat and skin

The extra fat is either removed by liposuction or excised via the incision. Then, the supporting tissue beneath is tightened and altered using an internal suture. Finally, the surgeon cuts or eliminates extra skin and smoothes the remainder of your arm's skin.

Closure of the incision

Sutures that dissolve are used to seal incisions. Non-absorbable sutures are removed after 1-2 weeks if used.

Arm Lift Recovery

Within two weeks, you should be able to return to work or school and resume certain activities. You should be able to continue regular exercise within six weeks. Inform your doctor if you experience discomfort or difficulty moving beyond the initial healing period.

You may need to wear a compression garment to decrease swelling after surgery. Your doctor may also put a temporary drainage tube in your arm to remove any excess fluid or blood following surgery.

Your doctor will provide you with postoperative care recommendations to follow at home. These will tell you how to care for your wounds, which drugs to take, and when to check for warning signals.

It’s also critical to avoid smoking while recovering from an arm lift. Smoking hinders healing, increasing your risk of persistent scarring or infection.

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FAQ

FAQ about Arm Lift Procedure

Smokers should cease smoking before committing to a Brachioplasty. Furthermore, like with other elective plastic surgery treatments, Patients should discontinue all tobacco products (including vaping, nicotine gum, and patches) four to six weeks before surgery.

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