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The Arm-Lift Procedure Contours Sagging Arms

July 19, 2018, 10:04 pm

Sudden weight gain or weight loss, genetic factors, and aging can result in sagging arms. Sagging arms look very unsightly and can affect a person’s appearance.

While in some cases, arms can be toned through exercise, in most cases, sagging can only be treated through an arm-lift procedure.

What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift procedure is also known as a brachioplasty. During this procedure, excess sagging skin and excess fat in the arms are removed. The skin is tightened to give the arms a more toned appearance.

How Is an Arm Lift Performed?

The patient is first administered either general or local anesthesia with sedation. This works to block any pain or discomfort during the course of the procedure.

Dr. Hlavacek then makes an incision on the arm to gain access to the underlying tissues. There are different types of incisions, and Dr. Hlavacek chooses the one that is best suited for your aesthetic goals. In most cases, the incisions are made on the inner side of the arm or on the back side of the arm. The incisions can extend from the underarm to the elbow.

Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Hlavacek reshapes the tissues underneath and removes excess fat and skin. Once the tissues have been tightened, the skin is pulled back over the tissues, and the incisions are closed with sutures.

Preparing for an Arm Lift

Prior to the arm lift, it is important to discuss the procedure and desired results with Dr. Hlavacek. Have realistic goals, and make sure to discuss your medical history with Dr. Hlavacek.

During the weeks leading up to the surgery, you will be asked to refrain from smoking and taking painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin, since these can cause blood thinning and may cause complications during the procedure.

If you happen to be taking beta blockers or blood-pressure medications, consult your physician before the surgery to see whether you need to adjust their dosages.

Recovery and Results

Aftercare instructions are to be followed carefully. Prescribed painkillers are to be taken as prescribed. Immediately after the arm-lift procedure, the patient is likely to notice some swelling and bruising around the area where the surgery has been performed. These are the temporary side effects of the surgery and will subside soon. Ice packs can help bring down the swelling.

Recovery can take anywhere between two to three weeks depending upon the extent of surgery. Patients who have undergone an arm lift are required to not to indulge in any physically strenuous activity for around four weeks or as recommended.

The results of the surgery are visible once the swelling has completely subsided. The results are permanent, although factors such as sudden weight gain and pregnancy can change the appearance of your upper arms. A healthy lifestyle can help you maintain the results over a long period of time.

Contact Us Today

Ready to give yourself the contoured and toned upper arms you deserve? Speak with well-respected surgeon Dr. Matt Hlavacek to find out more about the procedure. During your consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions, look at before-and-after photos, and more. Contact us today.