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What is an arm lift?
Are you bothered by excess skin and fat on your upper arms? Weight fluctuations and natural aging can diminish the shape and tone of your arms. An arm lift is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms. Also known as brachioplasty, this procedure can give you a more toned and contoured look.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AN ARM LIFT?
The best candidates for an arm lift are healthy and possess realistic expectations. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your upper arms, you may be a candidate for surgery. An arm lift can treat:
- Excess fat deposits
- Sagging or excess skin
- Skin dimpling
Arm lifts are performed to target areas of the upper arms that are resistant to traditional diet and exercise. Aging compounded with genetics, weight fluctuations and gravity can contribute to diminished arm contour.
An arm lift can give you slimmer, younger-looking arms. After surgery, you can benefit from enhanced self-confidence and body image.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR SURGERY
An arm lift is performed under either general anesthetic or intravenous sedation. Incisions lengths vary depending on the extent of your arm lift. Minor arm lifts will only require small incisions that can be concealed in the armpit.
Those who have only a small amount of excess skin and fat may be eligible for this incision length. In more significant arm lifts, incisions will extend from the armpit to the elbow. When at all possible, incisions will be concealed within the natural contour of your arms.
Once the incision has been made, excess fat and tissue will be removed or repositioned. The skin is then stretched into a tighter, firmer position and excess skin is trimmed away. All incisions will be secured with sutures. In some cases, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat during surgery.
AFTER YOUR ARM LIFT SURGERY
Bandages and compression garments will be applied to minimize swelling. You will experience some bruising, swelling and discomfort for a couple of weeks. This can be managed with prescription medication from your surgeon.
Recovery times vary. In most cases, you should be able to resume normal activities in 7-10 days. At this point the stitches will also be removed. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a month or more.
ARM LIFT RESULTS
You will have permanent scarring following an arm lift. Your scars will appear raised and pink or dark brown for the first several months of recovery. Over the course of 12-18 months, your scars will begin to gradually flatten and fade. The results of your upper arm lift in Kansas City should be long lasting. Maintaining a steady weight will help to prolong the results of your procedure.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF ARM LIFT SURGERY
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with arm lift surgery. Potential risks include infection, asymmetry, changes in sensitivity, excessive scarring and irregular appearance. All of these risks, along with any steps you can take to minimize them, will be discussed at length during your consultation.
IS AN UPPER ARM LIFT RIGHT FOR ME?
An arm lift is designed to tighten the appearance of upper arms that have loose and saggy excess skin. If the primary issue with your upper arms is the presence of excess fat but there is no stretched or loose skin, liposuction may be the better option. If there is loose skin as well as pockets of excess fat, an upper arm lift is the right choice for you.