As we age, skin becomes thin and loses its elastisity which the level varies on different parts of the body meaning that some individuals can be left excess skin in some certain areas espaecially after following a significant weight loss. This can often result in what we commonly referred to as ‘bat wings’ on the upper arms. This can make people embrassed about their look which they may find themselves wearing long-sleeves in hot weather.
Workouts may strengthen the muscle tone, but it cannot quite resolve the problem of skin and unwanted fat after losing its elastisity which give upper arms a sloppy appearance.
Fortunately, MediExpert can help you overcome these problems by a safe and effective arm lift procedure that is customized to each individual’s specific needs in order to improve arm contour and assist on restoring the confidence once again.
WHAT IS ARM LIFT?
Arm lift is also known as ‘Brachioplasty’ which the term literally means arm (brachio) reshaping (plasty).
It is a surgical cosmetic procedure that reshapes the upper arms by reducing excess sagging skin and fat as well as tightens the underlying tissue in order to create a better proportioned and more toned apperance of upper arms.
REASONS BEHIND UNDERGOING AN ARM LIFT
Despite a healthy lifestyle, endless diets and workouts, some individuals remain unsatisfied with the appearance of their arms.
The individuals who is undergoing an arm lift procedure usually fit at least one the following categories:
- Loose skin
- Disproportionate large arms
- Facing difficulty to match sizes for clothing for the upper and lower part of the body
- Workouts not helping the sagging skin
- Sagging and loose skin arising form weight loss
- Losing self-esteem
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT ?
Arm lift can certainly deliver a more youthful appearance, if your arms sag. Individuals who are willing to improve the shape of their arms are a good candidate for a arm lift procedure. However, certain requirements have to be met and some patients are better suited to undergo this procedure. You are an ideal arm lift procedure candidate generally, if you have the following conditions:
- Have a relatively stable weight and not significantly overweight
- Have an undesired upper arm laxity
- Are in good health generally
- Are in psychologically healthy
- Have recently lost a lot of weight and looking to get rid of the excess skin
- Can commit to keep up a healthy diet and exercise after the procedure
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that increase risk of surgery
- You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
BEFORE THE SURGERY
Following needs to carried out prior to the surgery in order to ensure that the patient is healthy enough for the procedure:
- Stay away from smoking and alcohol for a few weeks
- Undertake extensive medical tests
- Maintain a stable weight
- Avoid all sorts of blood thinners
- Any other medications will also be checked thoroughly as they might lead to complications
- Do not eat or drink after midnight on the day of the procedure
- Sleep properly
TYPES OF ARM LIFT SURGERY
There are two main techniques to customize an arm lift procedure depending on the needs of individuals. These are categorized by the shape and size of the incision used for the removal of fat, excess skin and tissue which the type of procedure will vary according to the body type and the results individuals are targeting to achieve.
The Mini Arm Lift
Mini Arm Lift is also known as ‘Partial’ or ‘Minimal Incision Arm Lift’. The procedure involves a shorter than average incision made in the armpit to only minimal removal of excess skin and fat over the arms in order to create a more toned arms.
It is typically ideal for patients who have developed some excess skin due to aging after a moderate amount of weight loss through exercise and diet.
Upper Arm Lift
Upper arm lift is also known as ‘ traditional brachioplasty’. The standard procedure involves an incision made in the armpit extending to the elbow. It is typically ideal for patients who have substantial amount of excess skin and fat as a result of rapid weight loss and poor skin elasticity due to natural aging process.
This procedure provide remarkable transformation in the shape of arm and it is also commonly performed on bariatric surgery patients with rapid weight loss causing sagging skin.
MEDIEXPERT ARM LIFT PROCEDURE STEP BY STEP
The following steps are taken in a common procedure. MediExpert’s surgeon will clearly discuss the details of the steps to be taken during the consultation prior to the surgery.
1. ADMINISTRATION OF ANESTHESIA
A typical arm lift is performed under a general anesthesia. However, in some cases intravenous sedation is also applied or a combination of both. MediExpert’s surgeon will provide you the best solution.
2. OPENING INCISIONS
Incision patterns are indeed differ based on the area or areas to be treated depending on the patient needs, type of arm lift to be performed as well as the degree of correction. A typical arm lift procedure involves an incision in the armpit and extends downward, sometimes all the way to the elbow.
Through these incisions, MediExpert surgeon will tighten the underlying tissue followed by the removal of fat and excess skin and reshaping the remaining skin to improve the appearance of the arm accordingly. Depending on the needs of the patient, incisions might be more limited.
The size of the incisions will vary depending on the amount of the present excess skin and how extensive the procedure is.
3. CLOSING THE INCISIONS
Incisions will then be closed with deep support sutures within underlying tissues to assure that the newly shaped contours not to sag after the incisions have cured.
BENEFITS OF UNDERGOING ARM LIFT PROCEDURE
- Loose skin will be tightened
- Excess skin reduced followed by a weight loss
- Safe, fast and long-lasting results
- Arms will be slimmer, smooth,lighter and firmer
- More improved and youthful apperance will be gained
- Enhanced overall appearance may have a positive psychological impact
- Confidence and self-assurance about the body is restored
- Wider range of choice for clothing
HOW LONG IS THE ARM LIFT PROCEDURE?
Arm lift procedure typically takes 2-4 hours, varying on the extent of the surgery. It could take longer if it is combined with an another procedure.
IS THIS PROCEDURE ONLY FOR WOMEN?
While almost 98% of the patients are women, this procedure is performed on men as well. Arm lift is very popular among older women as more than half of MediExpert’s women patients aged 55+ statistically.
IS THE ARM LIFT PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Individuals will not feel any sort of pain during the procedure, since the procedure is performed under anesthesia. Although postoperative pain may differ depending on the individual, average patient often face minimal pain after the procedure which is manageable and overcome by prescribed pain medication in order to reduce any possible discomfort. Patients typically required to take pain relievers between 5-7 days.
ARE THERE ANY SCARS AFTER ARM LIFT?
All the surgeries generate some scarring into some extent, and it is not possible to perform a full arm lift without leaving scar. MediExpert surgeons prioritize minimizing the appearance of scars by making the incisions in discreet locations as possible so that scars can be hidden by clothing.
As in the case of a mini arm lift, scar can easily be covered when the arm is held against the body, whereas it is rather harder to cover upper arm lift scar as the incision may extend from the elbow towards body depending on the amount of skin to be removed.
Nonetheless, in today’s modern cosmetic world state of the art sutures are used in order to minimize scarring as much as possible. For the individual’s feeling discomfort about the scars may also cover them with a little bit of make up.
Eventually,these scars will become red initially, almost disappear after 6 months following the surgery. However, it may take between 1-2 years for the scars to fully mature. Once the incisions are healed, silicone combined with compression therapy is recommended.
Regardless of the healing peroid of scarring, most patients often feel that the benefits of arm lift by far outweigh the scars left behind by the procedure.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
As per many of the patients, arm lift recovery is less painful than expected. The reason is fat and skin are only addressed in the procedure, whereas muscles of the upper arm are not disturbed at all. That is why arm lift is considered more comfortable than most of the other procedures that affect the muscles.
Swelling and bruising are very common after the surgery which can be minimized with prescribed pain relievers and a placement of compression garment to reduce any possible discomfort. Walking will be possible by keeping your hands at your side straight after the surgery and important for effective blood circulation, however arms should not be moved above shoulders for few days.
SHOULD I NEED TO STAY AT THE HOSPITAL AFTER ARM LIFT?
There is no need to stay at the hospital overnight since arm lift is typically an outpatient procedure. However, someone is needed to stay with you for at least for a night or two.
Therefore, we will either make sure that someone is picking you up or will send you home or to your hotel with the driver.
WHEN CAN I GO TO WORK?
It is generally recommended to be off work for about 7-10 days. However, for the jobs requiring hard work, 14-18 days off work is suggested.
WHEN CAN I START EXERCISING?
It is usually recommended to resume strenuous physical activities only 4-5 weeks after the procedure.
CAN I DRIVE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Driving should be avoided for 7-10 days following the surgery until the arm can easily turn over the steering wheel without any pain.
CAN LIPOSUCTION BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO ARM LIFT?
Liposuction can not solely replace the benefits of an arm lift as liposuction is an appropriate procedure for the removal of fat deposits along the upper arm and does not address the loose and excess skin, whereas arm lift is a very effective technique to overcome sagging skin to achive a toned arm. liposuction is also sometimes combined with an arm lift.
WHEN WILL THE STITCHES BE REMOVED?
The sutures typically will be removed within 7-10 days after the procedure depending on the type of arm lift performed. Sterilized dresisng will be applied followed by a compression garment to be placed over the arm in order to minimize brusing and swelling.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS?
Arm lift is generally a very safe cosmetic procedure. Although the risks are very rare for an arm lift, all the surgeries carry some risk of complication.
While bruising, scarring and swelling are common, some of the other possible side effects and complications from a arm lift procedure are as follows:
- Allergic reaction to sutures
- Skin discoloration
- Fluid accumulation
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Blood clots
- Fat necrosis
- Deep vein thrombosis
CAN ARM LIFT BE COMBINED WITH MULTIPLE SURGERIES?
Unfortunately, for many individuals sagging and loose skin is not only limited in the arms. Arm lift is frequently combined with other procedures especially with an another area in the body including breasts, buttocks, thighs and stomach.
Eventually, multiple surgeries are very common and can well be performed upon approval of MediExpert surgeon after carefully evaluating the patient’s health condition and total surgery duration under anesthesia.
WHAT RESULTS SHALL I EXPECT? WILL THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
Arm lift procedure produces outstanding results. The results of the procedure can be noticeable immediately after the surgery and can remain until the rest of your life as long as commiting a healthy life style and maintaining a stable weight.
Nonetheless, as body ages, it is natural for the skin to lose some its elastisity and firmness, but most of the improvement should almost be permanent.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FINAL RESULTS?
The results of the arm lift is visible immediately after the procedure. However, typically 8-12 weeks are required after the surgery for the final results to be seen, as by the time all the swelling have fully resolved. At this time , you will surprisingly notice that your arms look significantly slimmer, firmer and more toned.