Arm lift procedure steps
The procedure is usually done under intravenous sedation.
The incision length and pattern will depend on the amount and location
of excess skin that is to be removed.
-Inner arm incision
-Arm lift inner arm incision
-Back of arm incision
-Arm lift back arm incision
-Arm lift minimal incision
Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back
of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend
from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be
directly excised or treated with liposuction. Be sure and discuss your
incision with your surgeon.
Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal
sutures. Finally, the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted resulting
in a tight, smooth look..
Closing the incisions
Layers of sutures are then used to close the wounds and a light dressing
is applied over the suture lines. A bandage is wrapped around your arms
in order to apply some compression and minimize swelling. All sutures
used are of the dissolving kind and will not need to be removed.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent
almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely
be swelling and bruising. You will be encouraged to move your hands and
fingers to avoid any stiffness.
You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks
to support the area. You should not engage in any strenuous activities
until your surgeon releases you to do so. Your scars will be permanent
but will eventually fade. You should allow 9 - 12 months for your scars
to flatten and lighten in color.