Arm Lift

Arm Lift

 

 

Due to massive weight loss, aging, and other causes, the arm’s skin can become loose, and the saggy skin is hanging down from the side of the arm. In severe cases, this can cause a ”bat-wing” or butterfly-wing” appearance. This problem usually occurs with the simultaneous presence of excess fat in the arm. Liposuction alone can remove the excess fat but is not able to remove the excess skin.

 

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue in the arm to tighten the skin, reduce the arms’ size, and restore the it’s attractive shape.

 

An arm lift usually is combined with liposuction to improve the overall results.

 

 

 

Preparation

  1. Inform the doctor of any pre-existing medical conditions and drug allergy. All medical conditions must be treated and stabilized before surgery.
  2. Stop smoking at least one week before surgery. Smoking is harmful to wound healing and increases the risks of other post-operation complications.
  3. Stop the following medications and supplements from one week before surgery until one week after surgery.
    1. All supplements containing vitamin E, ginseng, ginkgo, garlic, fish oil, and other ingredients that increase bleeding during the procedure. Other supplements, traditional medicine, and herbs, in which ingredients are unknown, have to stop as well.
    2. Medicine that increases bleeding during the procedure such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin. However, you may need to consult your physician who prescribed the medication before you stop them.
  4. On the day of surgery, wear simple and comfortable clothing. Do not wear any makeup. Do not wear any jewelry and metal objects on the face and body.

 

 

 

Surgery

Duration: 2-4 hours

Anaesthesia: General Anaesthesia or local anaesthesia depending on the extent of surgery

Hospitalization: one day

Recovery: Back to work in 7 days, light exercise after one to 2 weeks, heavy exercise after at least one month. * The actual recovery speed may vary from person to person.

Technique: There are several approaches to an arm lift, depending on the severity of the excess skin:

  1. Limited Arm Lift: For moderate cases. A short incision is placed on the armpit to remove excess skin. The scar is hidden in the armpit.
  2. Standard Arm Lift: This procedure is recommended for moderate and severe cases. The incision is made along the inner aspect of the arm from the armpit to the elbow.
  3. Extended Arm Lift: For the most severe cases. The incision is the same as in standard arm lift but extended into the upper chest to remove excess loose skin around the arm, armpit, and upper chest.

 

 

 

Post-operative Care**

  1. What to expect: Swelling usually peaks on the second to third day after surgery and will gradually subside after that. Tight sensation in the arms may be present for one to 2 weeks.
  2. Use a supportive garment to support the arms for the first month.
  3. General care:
    1. Avoid smoking for at least one month. Smoking increases the risk of wound complications.
    2. Sleep on the back and avoid sleeping on one side.
    3. Adequate rest and sleep are helpful for a speedy recovery.
    4. Be relaxed and calm. Contact the clinic if there are any queries.
  4. Medicine: Finish the oral antibiotics as prescribed. Take the painkiller as prescribed when necessary.
  5. Wound care: After removing the wound dressing, clean the wound with a clean cotton tip soaked with sterile water/saline. Apply antibiotic ointment.
  6. Physical activity: Avoid heavy physical activity and exercise for at least one month.
  7. Follow-up: Come back one week after surgery for review.
  8. Emergency: If there is heavy bleeding, a rapid increase in swelling or severe pain, immediately contact the clinic/doctor for advice.

 

** The instructions in this list are only for general guidance. If you have any specific queries or concerns during the post-operative recovery, please contact the clinic for further advice.

 

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