Loose skin on your upper arms just doesn’t look unattractive, it can also be uncomfortable and make finding attractive clothes a struggle. An upper arm lift tightens skin and reduces the appearance of fat providing a firmer, more toned upper arm appearance through cosmetic surgery.
What Do I Need to Know?
Most patients undergo general anesthesia during the upper arm lift surgery. An incision is made in the inside part of the arm from the elbow to the armpit. Through this incision, your surgeon is able to eliminate excess skin, tighten skin and muscle and remove excess fat. The incision is then closed with sutures and a pressure garment, made of an elastic material, is placed on the arms and worn to help reduce swelling. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with arm lifts to help reduce some fat and provide better contour.
Some surgeons will use a small incision in the armpit and pull much of the excess skin up toward the underarm. This procedure is referred to as the “inner arm tuck” and can avoid the incision made from the elbow down to the armpit. There can be drawbacks to this technique, however, if the incision area doesn’t heal well within the armpit.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for an upper arm life procedure have a desire for a more youthful appearance of their arms. Patients should be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about the results they may expect from the procedure.
How Will I Look and Feel Afterward?
You will have mild to moderate discomfort during the first few days after surgery and will need some assistance. You will be required to wear an elastic support garment or wrap to compress and reduce swelling as well as to reinforce the new arm shape. The compression garment is typically worn for up to two weeks.
Sutures are usually under the skin, dissolving on their own. We use optimal suturing techniques to achieve the best possible results. Although swelling is apparent, most patients will be ready to return to work within two weeks.
1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.