What is an arm lift?

An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery in which the surgical team removes excess fat tissue and skin from the underarms. As every patient has different levels of sagging, the duration of the operation may change. Usually, it takes up to 3 hours. If the patient needs a lot of fat removal, surgeons may perform liposuction during an arm lift.

Who can have an arm lift?

Usually, patients ask for an arm lift after excessive weight loss. In some cases, the underarm skin sags due to ageing. Thus, older patients can also have this operation. Any patient can have an arm lift if they are overall healthy and don’t have any conditions that can get in the way of healing. However, it’s better to consult an expert before focusing on an operation type. 

Arm Lift Operations

Just like in other cosmetic surgeries, the first step of an arm lift is anaesthesia. Then, the surgeon makes the incision on the back of the arm. The size of the incision depends on each patient. The surgeon reshapes and tightens the skin under the arm and performs liposuction if needed. After the procedure is completed, the surgeon closes the incisions with either stitches or absorbable sutures.

Recovery from an arm lift

The recovery process depends on each patient, but it’s similar most of the time. The operated area may be covered with bandages or with some sort of compression garment for better compression. Swelling and bruising are expected side effects of an arm lift. Most patients ask how soon they can return to their jobs after an arm lift. If the job doesn’t include physical labour, the patients can continue their work after one week. 

Top 4 Most Asked Questions About Arm Lift Operations

  1. When can I see the result of an arm lift? 

The results of an arm lift are visible almost immediately. The skin looks much tighter after the operation. It can take a few weeks for the bruising and swelling to go away.

  1. Is arm lift a painful operation? 

The patients do not feel pain during the operation as they take anaesthesia. Patients may experience slight discomfort and soreness after an arm lift. If this occurs, the doctor can prescribe painkillers.

  1. Can my arms sag again? 

An arm lift is a very effective solution to sagging skin. However, it is possible for the skin to lose its elasticity and sag again later in life due to ageing and extreme weight changes. Patients should exercise regularly to maintain their weight and maintain the effect of an arm lift.

  1. Does arm lift leave any scars? 

The incision lines and the skin around them can be very red and visible at first. It takes a few months for them to heal. However, the surgeons try to make them as small as possible and place them strategically. Therefore, they will not be visible at first glance.

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