As one of the most important parts of our bodies in both appearance and function, the arm is utilized in almost every possible way for almost every possible task throughout our daily lives. Unfortunately there are several factors at play against the natural curvature and beauty of your arms. Aging, weight fluctuation, and heredity can all play a major role in creating excess skin and fat on the arm that can droop in an unsightly fashion.
The most challenging element of this drooping skin is that it cannot be corrected by exercise and must be treated with a surgical procedure known as an arm lift. Not only will an arm lift reduce this sagging skin and fat, it will also serve to tighten and smooth the layer of tissue that is most prevalent in defining the shape of the arm.
If you are seeking arm lift surgery or are simply researching the procedure, the following information can serve as a basic primer; however there are many factors in an arm lift surgery that are reliant on the specific individual and surgeon, so remember to ask your doctor about anything you do not understand.
Am I a good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
The best candidates for arm lift surgery are typically adults with large amounts of skin laxity on their upper arms and who can maintain a stable weight. Candidates with medical conditions that impair healing or who are smokers may not be candidates for arm lift surgery due to increased risk in surgery.
Planning your Arm Lift Surgery
In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and carefully assess your skin tone. Your doctor should explain any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate and discuss the options or the combination of procedures that would be best for you.
Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations. Your surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
During this consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon about any large weight losses or gains you’ve had at any time. You should also inform your surgeon if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Preparing for your Arm Lift Surgery
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your procedure will have to be postponed.
While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and, if needed, to help you out for a day or two.
Where your Arm Lift Surgery will be performed
Your Arm Lift Surgery will be performed at the New Body MD Surgical Center on an outpatient basis.
The Arm Lift Surgery
To begin the surgery, your surgeon will make incisions where excess fat and skin will need to be excised and remove the necessary deposits. The incisions are strategically placed to be as invisible as possible after the surgery is complete, and your surgeon may opt to use liposuction as an alternative to remove the excess fat. After removing the unwanted skin and fat, the surgeon will bring the incisions together in order to create a smooth contour for the arm, then close the skin back over the arm and close the incisions in a manner to best minimize scarring.
After your Arm Lift Surgery
When surgery is complete, the surgeon will apply a sterile dressing and compression garment to the areas operated upon and drains may be placed to remove any excess fluid buildup. You will need to wear the garment continuously for two to three weeks after your surgery to aid in the reduction of swelling and bruising in the areas operated upon.
Getting back to normal after Arm Lift Surgery
Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible (to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs), but to avoid more strenuous activity for two to four weeks. You can expect to be back at your standard level of activity about six weeks after your surgery. When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what your doctor recommends.
While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed.
If you have any unusual symptoms between visits for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain or any questions, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
Your new look after Arm Lift Surgery
After your arm lift surgery you should expect that your resulting image will stay permanent for many years to come as long as you maintain a stable body weight.
Of course, your skin will continue to age with time, and this may eventually lead to loose skin in the future, but in this situation your arm laxity will be much less significant than before your surgery.
How to get started?
New Body MD’s staff and surgeons will be happy to discuss Arm Lift Surgery with you. Please call our office to schedule a private complimentary consultation.