The area of the inner surface of the forearms is a weak point in almost any organism. Muscles don’t lend themselves well for exercises, therefore sport practically does not affect this region.
In addition, with age or sudden weight loss, forearms are the ones that suffer the most. The skin sags, becomes flabby and unattractive, forcing you to wear long-sleeve shirts more and more often.
The only way to get rid of this defect is an Arm lift.
Arm Lift is a type of plastic surgery that lifts unwanted subcutaneous fat tissue and sagging skin in the arm region. The skin becomes firmer and tighter after the Arm Lift. This is why Arm Lift or brachioplasty has taken a stable place in the niche of plastic surgery.
Who requires an Arm lift?
Hand plastic surgery is performed for aesthetic reasons to improve the contours of the shoulder and forearm, to eliminate cellulite, bumps, and folds.
The procedure is recommended in the following cases:
- sagging and ptosis of the arm skin in the shoulder area;
- sagging of tissues in the axillary area;
- excess fat.
With Brachioplasty, you can get rid of pronounced asymmetry, pigmentation, and other aesthetic defects. The procedure is very popular among models, athletes, and artists. For men, a simple manipulation allows them to always be in shape, and for women, it allows them to shine in revealing outfits.
Who is not a suitable candidate?
As visible, not everyone is a suitable candidate for the arm lift. Most of the side effects for the arm lift include bleeding, infection, or adverse reaction to anesthesia. Therefore doctors do not advise this medical procedure for people who are significantly overweight or change their weight constantly.
Additionally, you should discuss some chronic medical conditions that may impact the process of surgery and recovery such as conditions that may interfere with wound healing. Also, this procedure is not advisable for smokers since it decreases blood flow to the skin and it may impact the healing process.
How do you prepare?
In order to successfully prepare for the procedure of arm lift, it is important to have well conducted initial consultations and preparatory processes. In this way surgent and your chosen institution will do a detailed review of your medical history, to check your eligibility for an arm lift.
Following detailed history comes a thorough physical exam in order to review the condition of your upper arm area and discuss possible expected results.
Before the procedure, it is advisable to avoid medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, or some herbal supplements. Also, make sure you have proper assistance during the healing process.
How is the operation performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours.
In most cases, an arm lift is combined with liposuction, which is done in the following sequence:
- Liposuction. The doctor uses a special cannula to remove excess adipose tissue through micro-punctures.
- Incision and excision are the second stages of the intervention. The surgeon removes the fatty tissue with liposuction and then excises the excess skin.
After the operation, drainages are placed in the incision area and special compression clothing is put on the hands. After Brachioplasty, the patient stays in the hospital for 2-3 days and then goes home.
It is advisable to avoid lifting anything heavy and avoid physical and athletic activities with your arms that might impact incisions. Overall healing should last for four to eight weeks after surgery.
In consultations with your physician take pain medication to prevent infections.
Results that you might expect after the procedure include an immediately visible more toned appearance of your upper arms, no excess loose skin, and an overall better physique of the arm. Some of these results may not be immediate due to swelling or bruising caused by the procedure.
Sometimes the results may vary or have lower levels of success which can be later improved with additional procedures.
Arm lift includes results that are typically long-lasting. However natural loss of firmness will appear as you age and some sagging might occur. Stabile weight and exercise may help to maintain results.
In this sense, results need to be maintained, and taken care of by following the instructions of the physician which may include not being under the impact of excessive force or motion during the healing process.