Reasons for sagging arms
- Weight loss either due to bariatric surgery exercise
Diagnosis for arm lift procedure
- Sagging upper arms undersides
- Low self confidence
Procedure for Arm lift
The consultant will review medical history including current and past medical conditions as well as any surgical history
Inform about any medications you're taking, including herbal supplements as you may be required to avoid certain medications
The consultant will perform physical examination to examine the undersides of upper arms and will also take pictures of arms for medical records.
The consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure, asking as to why you want an arm lift and what you expect from the procedure.
If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and while recovering.
Certain routine tests are performed for fitness before surgery.
In most cases, general anesthesia is recommended.
The procedure takes around one to three hours.
The surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of arms, depending on how much skin is to be removed, the length and pattern of the incision varies.
Surgeon will then tighten the tissues and may also perform liposuction to remove unwanted fat.
The skin edges are closed using stitches that are beneath the skin and dissolve on own.
Drains are occasionally used to lessen the risk of fluid build-up.
The arms are wrapped in compression garments to support the arms during healing and help decrease swelling and bruising.
Minimal incision brachioplasty -incisions in the armpits, here the scars are confined to the underarm area.
Arms will be loosely wrapped in elastic bandages to minimize swelling.
Small tubes might be placed to drain any excess blood or fluid
Discomfort and some pain will be felt
Swelling and bruising are also common and will subside few days. Sleeping with your arms elevated on pillows for about two weeks is recommended to minimize swelling.
Recommended to wear a compressive sleeve or bandage for a few weeks after the surgery.
Absorbable sutures are generally used, which do not need to be removed. If required, sutures will be removed by surgeon within 7-10 days after the procedure.
Risks or complications of arm lift surgery
An arm lift poses various risks, including:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Poor wound healing
- Scarring. Incision scars from an arm lift are permanent, but typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible
- Asymmetrical shape of arms
- Temporary numbness due to injury to superficial sensory nerves.
- Damage to blood vessels and muscles
- Persisting pain
- Fluid accumulation
- Need for revisional surgery
Factors affecting cost of Arm lift
The cost to the patient depends on a variety of factors like:
- The hospital
- Fee for the team of doctors
- Standard test and diagnostic procedure
- Cost of the follow –up care required after the procedure