Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
When people go through massive weight loss, there tends to be a significant amount of skin left hanging in the upper arm area. This excess sagging skin, sometimes referred to as bat-wing arms, can be treated through an arm lift. Arm lift is a procedure that can create a well-defined and toned upper arm, making one of the most popular procedures after a massive weight loss.
The Arm Lift procedure
An arm lift usually takes one to three hours to perform, depending on the extent of the surgery. In most cases it will involve general anaesthesia. For some people with small amount of flab liposuction might suffice, however most patients also require incisions.
If you only have a small amount of extra skin located near the armpit you might only need a minimal incision arm lift. If you more excess skin you might need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the armpit and sometimes onto the side of the chest. Once the excessive skin is trimmed and tightened, stitches and absorbable sutures will keep the incision in place.
One to two weeks after the surgery the stitches will be removed. Although it has remarkable and quick visible results, there are also complications associated with arm lifts as with any surgical procedures. Some risks of arm lift include risk of contracting infections, scarring, loss of sensation, or bruising from abnormal built up of blood vessels.
The Arm Lift recovery
The result will be visible immediately, although there will be some swelling and bruising. You will probably feel some pain and discomfort after the surgery, and should therefore ask your surgeon for pain medication. The swelling will peak after about 4 days, and will thereafter slowly disappear. One week after the surgery the stitches are removed, and after approximately the same amount of time you will be able to shower. Most patients are able to go back to work two to three weeks after the arm lift procedure. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks.
Risks of Arm Lift
As with all surgeries, there is a possibility of complications, for arm lifts these includes:
Loss of sensation
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