Arm Lift Plastic Surgery - By Sarah Killian

Arm lift cosmetic surgery is a procedure designed to remove the excess subcutaneous skin and tissue that can sometimes occur on the upper arms as a result of aging or extreme weight loss. This excess tissue usually appears as a sagging pouch of flesh on the lower portion of the upper arms that hangs down when the arms are extended.

The arm lift plastic surgery procedure will be normally performed under a general anesthetic—although occasionally it can be done under a local anesthetic—and normally takes between 1 and 2 hours. The surgeon will make a curved or zigzagged incision beneath and on the inside of the arm. A triangular piece of skin is removed, although in severe cases, the surgeon may need to make an incision from the armpit to the elbow so he can remove enough skin.

An arm lift is very often combined with liposuction in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the cosmetic surgery procedure. Any excess fat can be removed and the remaining skin stretched and sutured back into place before being bandaged.

Following the arm lift, patients can expect to experience bruising and swelling in the arms, plus a general tight feeling around the incision site. Superficial stitches will normally be removed after 1 week, although deeper sutures will be left in place for around 2-3 weeks.

Patients will need to wear a support garment for several weeks to reduce swelling and a course of antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent any possible infection occurring. All swelling should have gone after around 3 weeks.

Recovery times for arm lift plastic surgery will depend on the individual, but most patients can expect to feel well enough to return to work after 2-3 weeks, although strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 1 month. Post operative checkups will be required.  

Disclaimer: The medical information provided in LookBella is, at best, general and can not replace the advice of a medical professional, a qualified doctor, physician or nurse.

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