Also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms to improve their appearance and contour. This procedure is often sought after by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have excess skin due to aging.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on the inside or back of the arm and remove excess skin and fat. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. The surgeon will then close the incision with sutures or surgical tape.
Before the procedure
Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery. They may need to undergo certain medical tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as what medications to avoid and what to eat and drink before surgery.
After the procedure
Patients will need to take time to recover. They may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and lifting heavy objects for several weeks after surgery to prevent complications. They may also need to wear a compression garment to help with healing and reduce swelling.
The results of an arm lift can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and the natural aging process. Patients should also be aware that an arm lift can leave a scar on the inside or back of the arm, which may fade over time.
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