Arm lift is done for patients with excess skin of the upper arm that can hang when the arm is in an upright position. Frequently these patients have seen significant weight loss producing the extra skin.
A tighter skin appearance of the upper arm. A reduction of the subcutaneous fat of the upper arm.
Arm lifts are performed under a general anesthetic in an ambulatory setting. Tumescent infiltration of numbing medicine of the arm is followed by liposuction of the upper arm. An incision is made along the inner aspect of the arm and excess skin is removed. A light dressing is placed about the upper arm and replaced by a stocking type compression garment worn for about a week. Sutures melt away on their own.
Recuperation and Healing
Patients will have mild pain lasting just a few days and is easily controlled by oral medications. Swelling and bruising usually resolve in a week to 10 days. The scar will improve over time becoming a thin line usually within a year.
Liposculpture and skin tightening with Exilis™ are an alternative to arm lift with skin removal. Other areas of liposculpture or tummy tucks and cosmetic breast procedures can be done at the same time.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.