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An arm lift is a corrective surgery to improve the look of your upper arms. Excessive skin and fat are taken out from between the armpit and elbow during an arm lift surgery which is also called brachioplasty. The overabundance skin is hindered over and repositioned to shape a more natural and attractive look.
As the ages go by, the skin on your upper arms becomes more elastic and starts to sag. Additionally, a sudden weight loss can make the underside of your upper arms become saggy. While exercise can reinforce and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can’t address skin which has lost firmity. Then, you may decide to have an arm lift if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging. By eliminating loose skin, an arm lift can give your upper arms a more conditioned appearance. An arm lift may likewise help your self-esteem as it will make your outlook more attractive overall. Arm lift results are usually long term. But, remember that your skin will naturally lose some firmness as you get older and some sagging might occur due to that reason. Overall, arm lift can help you to maintaining a stable, healthy weight can help you retain your results.
An arm lift can be performed in an outpatient surgical facility or in a hospital. Sometimes, the surgery is performed with local anesthesia and sedation at the same time, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia — which leads you to be rendered unconscious— is the most recommended.
What needs to be considered before the procedure?
There are steps need to be taken before the procedure for you to be aware are listed as follows:
Reviewing your medical history: Be prepared to answer questions about your current and past medical conditions completely and accurately. Remember to talk about any medications you’re taking or have taken recently, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, as well as any surgeries you’ve had.
Doing a physical exam: To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine the undersides of your upper arms. The doctor will also request pictures of your arms which your face does not show for your medical record.
Explaining your expectations: Explain why you want an arm lift and what you’re hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits involved, including but not limited to have a scarring.
Stopping to use tobacco if used: Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you are a smoker, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking untill the date of surgery and during recovery. Some doctors may refuse to perform the surgery on you if you still continue smoking due to higher chances of complications due to smoking.
Avoid certain medications: You will be asked to avoid taking herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs and as they can increase bleeding during surgery.
Arrange for help after plastic procedure: Make necessary arrangements with someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you during your time for recovery.
What needs to be considered after procedure?
In order to minimize the swelling of the area of operation from armlift, your incisions will be wrapped with elastic bandages. After the arm lift surgery, your incisions will be covered in bandages. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess fluid or blood.
You will likely to be visited by one of the surgeons from your plastic surgery team post operation. They may remove your bandages and drain if utulized. As a precaution, your plastic surgeon may have you wear a compression sleeve to prevent swelling.
In the first week of plastic post operation:
- Avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for at least four weeks.
- Avoid physical and athletic activities to your arms for at least eight weeks after surgery.
- Take painkiller as you need bu do not over take it.
- Talk with your doctor when — or if — your stitches will be removed. Some stitches dissolve on their own. Others must be removed in the doctor’s office when your doctor sees fit.
After an arm lift, contact with your doctor instantly if you have:
- Chest pains
- Red marks on skin and a fever
- Shortness of breath
- An irregular heartbeat
What are the risks involved with arm Lift?
With any type of surgery which involves anesthesia; they have risks. There are possible risks involved with arm lift, as listed below:
Scarrs: Scarrs related to arm lift are not temporary, but are typically placed in areas that aren’t easily visible to naked eye. In some of the rare cases, incisions can result with red scars. Injections of a corticosteroid medication or any other type of treatments might be used to decrease the visibility of appearance of scars.
Asymmetrycal shape of your arms: During your healing process after surgery, asymmetrical shape can be observed. Also, keep in mind that the surgeon will try to make your arms look as symmetrical as possible, but perfectly symmetrycal arms is not achieveable.
Skin Sensation Changes: During arm lift operation, the repositioning of your arm tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves. You will likely to feel temporary numbness on the area where surgery is performed. But this is perfectly normal and part of the healing process after your arm lift surgery.
Stitches Related Problems: Stitches that are used to secure the arm’s new shape might work their way to the skin’s surface and needed to be removed. Inflammation can be experienced on the area where surgery was done. As a result, you might need to have an additional surgery to correct it.