Significant weight loss and aging can result in arm skin laxity that simply cannot be remedied with diet and exercise. People who wish to have slender, sculpted arms and feel confident wearing sleeveless tops might want to consider arm lift surgery. Arm lift surgery tightens loose skin and trims stubborn fat deposits to improve the appearance of the upper arms. Patients who undergo this procedure often experience improved quality of life and a boost in confidence as they become comfortable in a wider variety of clothing options, including arm-baring and tight-sleeved styles.
Candidates for arm lift surgery may have excess skin and fat on their arms because of weight fluctuations, genetics, or aging. The ideal candidate for an arm lift can relate to the following:
An arm lift is performed using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The following strategies may be used to reshape the arms based on your individual needs:
After an arm lift, you may be instructed to wear compression garments to minimize swelling, improve circulation, and help your arms maintain their new contours. During recovery, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising, redness, and slight discomfort that can be controlled with pain medications. You should try walking as soon as possible after your arm lift surgery to promote healing and blood circulation. Plan to take at least one or two weeks off work. It is also important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for six weeks. You can ensure the best results and the shortest recovery time by carefully following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions.
Patients who undergo arm lift surgery will be able to see their results improving as the postoperative swelling diminishes. After a few months, the final results will be revealed and the arms will have noticeably slimmer and more defined contours. If you maintain a stable body weight and follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, your results are likely to be long lasting.
As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with arm lift surgery. These include:
Dr. Thompson can help you determine whether arm lift surgery is right for you during your personal consultation. If you are considering this procedure, please request your consultation with us by calling (732) 410-4789 or by completing our online contact form today.