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Arm Lift

2021-11-14 03:19:37

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

Aging and genetics both play a role in causing sagging skin. Excess skin may also remain after losing a lot of weight. Or you may even be fit and healthy however your skin isn't generally so flexible as it used to be. Or you have had good results from diet or obesity surgery. Either way, you get a result that is not very good: loose skin hangs from the top of your arms.



No matter what causes your skin to sag, an arm lift can be the right solution.

An arm lift, sometimes called Brachioplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery. It treats underarm sagging by decreasing the overabundance of skin, fixing and smoothing tissues, and eliminating excess fat. This can make your arms stand out more and more.


There are several things to keep in mind before doing an arm lift, Let’s know them!



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How to prepare for an arm lift?



You can take steps weeks and months before the medical procedure to make your arm lift as protected and viable as could be expected.


1- If you smoke, quitting one to two months before surgery can greatly reduce the risk of complications.


For example, a common smoking-related complication is slow wound healing, which increases the risk of infection. Work with your doctor to plan for quitting smoking before surgery.


2. Receive laboratory tests or medical evaluations. Half a month before the arm lift, your primary care physician will give you a preoperative assessment.


They will check your readiness for surgery by checking your current health status and medical history. This is a great time to ask any questions or raise any concerns about the arm lift.


Preoperative assessment results help the specialist track down the most secure technique for medical procedures.


The preoperative evaluation may also include the following:


Chest radiograph




Prescription for preoperative medications


Dose adjustment of current medications and supplements


You should also quit taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and herbal supplements two weeks before surgery because they can increase bleeding.



4. Arm lift surgery may be performed at a reputable surgery center in an office, outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. Make certain to organize somebody to return you to medical procedure and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.



Before and After


What are the steps of arm lift operation?



Step 1 - Anesthesia


Medications are prescribed for your comfort during arm lift surgery. Choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your primary care physician will suggest the most ideal decision for you.



Step 2 - Cut


Contingent upon your particular circumstance, the cuts might be more restricted. The underlying supporting tissue is then tightened and deformed with internal sutures. Finally, the skin on the new contour of your arm is smoothed.


On the day of surgery, your doctor will start by marking your arm where he or she intends to make the incision. There are multiple ways of doing an arm lift, however the most well-known are cuts inside or behind the arms. Different choices incorporate an armpit entry point or a cut that stretches out from the highest point of your elbow to your armpit.


The length and pattern of the incision during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of extra skin that needs to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.


Directed by the indications they have made on your arm, the specialist enters and fixes or shapes the tissue over your arm. Then your skin is pulled back on the tissue and the surgical wound is closed with sutures.


In case there is an overabundance of fat that might make it hard for your arm to completely mend, your PCP might utilize liposuction to eliminate the fat at the same time. The whole procedure is usually done within three hours.


Step 3 - Close the cuts


Your cuts are shut with absorbable stitches or stitches that are eliminated inside one to about fourteen days after the arm lift.

After surgery, you need someone to take you home from an appointment and stay overnight to make sure you have no problems.


Step 4 - See the results


Smoother, firmer lines from Brachioplasty appear almost immediately after your operation, although there may be swelling and bruising.





Arm lift recovery



During the recovery period after surgery, you may need to wear tight clothing to control swelling. Your doctor may also insert a temporary drainage tube into your arm to drain fluid or blood that has accumulated after surgery.


Your doctor will give you post-operative care instructions to take you home. These include how to take care of your wounds, what medications to take and when, what warning signs to look for, and plans for your next appointment.


It is also important to avoid smoking during recovery after an arm lift. Smoking slows down the healing process, which increases the risk of permanent wounds or infections.


You should be able to return to work or school and resume some activities within two weeks. Within six weeks, you should be able to return to your normal activity level. Tell your doctor about any pain or difficulty moving after your initial recovery period.


 Detailed retrieval schedule:


1 to 3 days after arm lift surgery: Most patients experience moderate pain in the first few days after arm lift that can be controlled with a prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Expect your arms to be bandaged and closed after surgery, which affects the range of motion and movements you can perform. You may feel more pain and pressure near the incisions and when your arms are moving. The arm muscles may also feel sore and there may be bruising and swelling.


 1 week after arm lift surgery: Although pain, swelling, and bruising are significantly reduced by one week after surgery, anticipate that all of these cases may persist for up to a month after surgery. Many patients start over-the-counter treatment after the first week, and many find that they do not need the pain at all at this stage.


10 days after arm lift surgery: Any drainage tube (if used), sutures, and bandages are usually removed at this time. Although the range of motion of your arm may improve, it is still essential that you follow your surgeon's instructions for lifting anything heavy and stretching your arms. Most patients return to work at this time and resume their normal activities at home. Compact clothing is recommended to help the healing process.


1 month after arm lift surgery: Any swelling and bruising caused by your surgery should go away 4 to 6 weeks after the operation.


Your surgeon may also tell you that you no longer need to wear pressure clothing on your arms. Many patients begin to lift heavier objects and return to sports such as tennis and golf to resume their normal workouts. Any treatment to remove the scar will continue for four to six months after the arm lift surgery.


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The cost of arm lift



According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of an arm lift is $ 4,257, but like other cosmetic procedures, the cost may vary depending on your health and the amount of surgery you have. You should also anticipate extra money to cover any complications, follow-up procedures, or repeat surgeries you may need.



Who are the right candidates for arm lift surgery?


Healthy people who do not have any medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. because these conditions can prevent rapid recovery.


 Those who do not have a weak immune system.


Adults with loose and noticeable skin fold on the arm.


Adults who show relative weight stability and are not significantly overweight.


This is why this method is not done for children because they show weight

fluctuations during development.


People who are ready to exercise after regular diet surgery because not doing so may lead to unwanted fat deposition elsewhere.




People with a positive outlook and realistic expectations



Risks of Brachioplasty


Risks of arm lift surgery include:


Risks of anesthesia




Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles


Numbness or other changes in skin sensation


Adipose tissue under the skin may necrosis


Fluid accumulation (seroma)




Persistent pain


It does not heal wounds




Possible need for revision surgery


The stitches may not be absorbed, but they appear spontaneously through the skin, causing irritation and redness.


 These and other risks will be fully discussed before your consent. It is important to ask all your questions directly to your plastic surgeon.


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