The Permanent Solution to Sagging Skin on the Arms
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It is common for people to develop sagging skin and excess fat on their upper arms as they age. This condition can also occur after significant weight loss.
An arm lift (also known as a brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that slims down the arms, resulting in permanently toned and more youthful-looking arms.
Arm lifts at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic are performed by Dr. Qazi’s team of experienced plastic surgeons. The surgical team will use the latest surgical techniques to provide the best, most natural-looking results. After an arm lift, patients can enjoy a new lightness, as well as an overall more fit, youthful appearance.
What cosmetic conditions can an arm lift fix?
An arm lift is designed to fix sagging skin on the upper arms, specifically in the area on the underside of the arms between the elbow and the armpit. The procedure involves effectively removing excess fat and loose skin from that area to reshape the arm for a more toned appearance.
Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?
The ideal candidate for an arm lift is anyone who has achieved a stable body weight but still has excess skin on their upper arms, due to aging or weight loss. It is best for patients to have a healthy lifestyle, a positive attitude about the surgery, and the ability to take time off work in order to recover. There is no upper limit on the age of candidates for an arm lift, as long as a doctor deems the patient to be adequately healthy for the procedure.
Is an arm lift suitable for men?
Yes, arm lifts are highly recommended for men who are in good health and want to improve the appearance of their upper arms.
How do I know if an arm lift is right for me?
An arm lift may be right for patients who don’t like the sagging skin on the arms and are prepared for recovery. However, an arm lift is not suitable for people who are significantly overweight, experience weight fluctuations, or have a medical condition that inhibits their ability to heal from surgery. The best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic.
How can I prepare for an arm lift?
Before an arm lift, the surgical team requires patients to stop smoking, avoid blood thinning medications, have lab tests done, and stop taking other medications. These are normal precautions to reduce adverse risks during surgery. Patients are also advised to prepare for their recovery; this means arranging for a friend to drive them home after the procedure.
How long until I see my results after the procedure?
A difference to the size and shape of the arms may be visible immediately after the procedure. It is normal for results to be obscured until the swelling goes down. It will take 6 weeks for patients to resume their normal activities and regain full range of motion. Complete healing can take up to 6 months. The results are final and permanent after the treatment area has completely healed.
What can I expect for recovery after an arm lift?
After an arm lift, patients shouldn’t shower for 48 hours. Stitches will need to be removed in the first 1 to 2 weeks. Patients must avoid raising the arms over the head for 2 to 4 weeks, as well as avoid any strenuous activities.. Most patients are able to return to normal activities with a full range of motion in 4 to 6 weeks.
How is an arm lift performed?
The arm lift surgery is designed to be as comfortable and non-invasive as possible. Every procedure is different because each patient has a different body and unique needs. In most cases, the surgical team trims away the sagging skin. However, some patients may first require liposuction to remove excess fat cells from the arms.
Will the procedure be painful?
Arm lifts are always performed under general anesthesia. Patients report no pain during the procedure itself; however, some discomfort afterwards can be expected. The most common symptoms after an arm lift are swelling, general discomfort, pain near the treatment area, and changes in sensation on the arms.
Is an arm lift permanent?
Yes, an arm lift is permanent. The results of an arm lift will not wear off or fade away. However, it is possible for certain lifestyles to negatively affect the treatment area after the surgery.
What are the risks and side effects of an arm lift?
Patients most commonly report experiencing normal bruising, swelling, and general discomfort after an arm lift. Other risks include: infection, bleeding, improper wound healing, blood vessel or muscle damage, necrosis of tissues, fluid build up under the skin, nerve damage, and excessive drainage or irritation from the sutures.
Will I have visible scarring after an arm lift?
The extent of the scarring after an arm lift will depend on the surgical techniques used and how much extra skin is removed. Advanced surgical techniques can be utilized to hide and minimize scarring. Every patient is unique, so patients must talk to Dr. Qazi and the surgical team to discuss how visible scarring can be minimized.
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