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Arm Lift Surgery

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What is Arm Lift Surgery and Who is it Suitable for?

Arm lift surgery can help you get rid of a saggy and dangling appearance, especially in the summer months when you wear sleeveless clothes and want to move your arms comfortably. This can make you look older than you are and affect your social life. After the surgery, you’ll feel more comfortable with a younger and more dynamic arm appearance.

As we age, our skin naturally starts to sag in various places. This can be a problem, especially in areas like the arms, legs, face, and chest. If you’re not getting the results you want from diet and exercise, an arm lift might be a good option.

This procedure is great for saggy skin, especially on the arms, caused by age-related loss of elasticity. During surgery, excess skin is removed, and the arms look more youthful and elastic. The surgical techniques are tailored to your age, skin laxity, and fatty tissue, so you can have a personalized recovery process.

In short, an arm lift can help you feel more confident in your social life and eliminate any concerns you have about your appearance. With this surgery, you can reshape the appearance of your arms and spend happier days full of sincere smiles.

Why Do Arms Sag? Aging and Other Factors

One of the main reasons for sagging arms is simply the aging process. As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity, and this can cause our arms to sag, especially in areas where we move a lot, like our arms. The hand and arm area is particularly affected by these changes.

Genetics also play a big part in how our arms sag. Some people may start to sag their arms earlier than others because of a family history. This shows how genetics can affect our physical traits.

Rapid weight gain and loss can also cause sagging arms. When your weight fluctuates, it affects the elasticity of your skin. Over time, your skin can’t take its former form, which contributes to the formation of sagging arms and causes aesthetic concerns.

If you want to keep your arms from sagging, it’s important to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. But if your arms start to sag due to genetics or the aging process, modern medicine can help with some aesthetic interventions.

Who Is Not Suitable For Arm Lift Surgery?

Not everyone is a good candidate for an arm lift. This type of surgery isn’t recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or patients undergoing active medical treatment. Additionally, sagging skin is a natural consequence of significant weight loss, so when considering an arm lift, it’s often best to plan it with breast sagging surgery to include the armpit area. This combination provides a more aesthetically pleasing result.

It’s not a good idea to have arm surgery on very young people. Their arm structure isn’t fully developed yet, so it can lead to problems with proportions as they age. The same goes for older people. As they get older, their arm tissues start to sag and deteriorate, and their muscles lose strength every year.

Generally, the best candidates for arm lift surgery are middle-aged people who have finished growing. These people are likely to get the best results from the surgery. It’s important to talk to your doctor before the surgery to understand whether this procedure is right for you.

Recovery Process and Surgical Techniques After Arm Lift Surgery

General Recovery Process

Arm lift surgery can be done under general anesthesia or sedation. During this procedure, the surgeon removes sagging skin and excess fat tissue from the back of the arm. Sometimes, liposuction is used to remove fat from other parts of the arm at the same time. After surgery, the arm is wrapped with a soft bandage. Patients can usually go back to their daily activities in 4-5 days and the wounds heal in about 10 days. It’s a good idea to wear a corset for about a month after surgery. This helps the skin stretch and heal. The surgical scar will lighten up in the first month and become almost invisible by returning to skin color within a year.

Scarless Arm Lift (with Vaser Liposuction)

This procedure is done by a plastic surgeon under local anesthesia and usually takes about an hour. Vaser Liposuction successfully removes fat from the arm, giving you a slimmer appearance. You’ll usually be able to go home the next day after the operation, but you should wear a bandage and avoid heavy lifting for a while.

Arm Lift with Short Scar (Mini Arm Lift)

This procedure is great for people with mild skin sagging. We make a small incision in the armpit, then thin the arm and tighten the excess skin with liposuction.

Standard Arm Lift

This procedure is suitable for individuals with moderate sagging. An incision is made from the armpit to the elbow, and during this procedure, the cut is made on the inside of the arm, so that scars are kept to a minimum.

Arm Lift with Extended Scar

It’s a popular choice for patients who want to lift their arms more. The incision goes from the elbow to the side of the chest, and it might leave a more noticeable scar than other options.

Surgical Technique

During the procedure, the doctor will first perform liposuction if necessary, and then remove any excess sagging skin. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and may take 1.5-2 hours. In some cases, the patient may be asked to stay overnight in the hospital.

We tailor each surgical method to the patient’s condition and the severity of the sagging to achieve the best aesthetic result.

When Can We Expect to See the Results of the Arm Lift Surgery?

You’ll probably be able to see the results of an arm lift about two months after the operation. During this time, you can expect the bruising and swelling to go down. At the same time, you’ll start to see the new, tighter shape of your arm. Following your doctor’s advice during the recovery period can help the healing process along and let you see the results sooner. Following these recommendations not only makes the healing process easier but also improves the quality of the aesthetic result.

Risks and Potential Side Effects of Arm Lift Surgery

There are some risks and potential side effects to arm lift surgery. It can be done under local or general anesthesia, but when done under general anesthesia, there are normal surgical risks, like with any procedure. The most common problems are inadequate compression, uneven skin contours, and excessively raised scars (keloids).

One of the risks of surgery is that it can leave you with a scar that’s permanent. Depending on how the surgery is done, you might also have problems with your wound opening up, stitches coming loose, slow healing, or your skin not stretching enough. That’s why it’s really important to have arm lift surgery done by a specialist doctor. If the doctor does it right, and you follow their advice, you’ll be less likely to have problems.

Pain After Arm Lift Surgery

You’ll probably be fine after an arm lift or thinning surgery. You might feel a bit tight and have a slight burning sensation for the first couple of days. Your doctor will probably give you some painkillers to take orally to help with this. These are normal after-effects of the healing process and should go away pretty quickly.

Permanence of Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery usually gives you long-lasting results. The improvements you get from this cosmetic procedure are unlikely to go back to how they were before. So, there’s usually no need to do it again. But things like getting older, having a lot of weight changes, or other things that affect your body’s condition might affect how long the results last. So, keeping a healthy lifestyle after surgery helps to ensure that the results are long-lasting.

Use of Anesthesia in Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgeries are usually done under general anesthesia, which is good for both the patient and the doctor. The procedure is done in the operating room, and general anesthesia is ideal for such operations. Performing this operation, which can also be done with local anesthesia, with general anesthesia makes the patient more comfortable both during and after the procedure. General anesthesia ensures that the patient doesn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the operation, which makes it easier for the doctor to do the surgery.

How Long Does Arm Lift Surgery Take?

Upper arm lift surgery usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, but this can vary depending on each patient and situation. The duration of the operation may vary depending on the degree of skin sagging, the scope of the procedure, and whether any additional operation is required.

It’s important to have a detailed discussion with your doctor before the procedure to find out how long the arm lift surgery will take. This will help you spend your preoperative period more informed and prepared. You can also ask your doctor any other questions you may have.

What is Minimal Incision Arm Lift Surgery?

A minimal incision arm lift is a great option for younger patients who haven’t lost much skin elasticity. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and is pretty quick. It’s ideal for people with loose arm skin but not much subcutaneous fat.

This method reduces the fat in the shoulder area without damaging the tissue. It can reduce the fat in this area by 80%. However, minimal arm lift surgery may not be suitable for every patient. To get ideal results, the patient must meet certain criteria. Therefore, it is recommended that patients considering this surgery undergo a detailed evaluation and counseling process before starting the procedure.

What is Brachioplasty and How is it Performed?

Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that’s done to correct sagging and wrinkles in the upper arm area. These kinds of deformities usually happen as a result of weight gain and loss processes and can be an aesthetic problem. Brachioplasty is done using techniques like surgical removal of sagging tissue or liposuction.

The surgical procedure effectively removes sagging skin and excess fatty tissue, resulting in a firmer and smoother appearance of the arms. This procedure can boost the patient’s self-confidence and significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of their arms. Brachioplasty is a customizable procedure, usually performed under local or general anesthesia, so it can be planned to suit the needs of each patient.

Do Weight Fluctuations After Arm Lift Surgery Cause Arm Sagging?

It’s important to take some precautions to make sure the results of your arm lift surgery last. Regular exercise and a balanced diet will help your body heal and support the aesthetic improvement you’ll see from the operation.

It’s important to avoid big weight changes after surgery to keep your appearance looking its best. If you gain weight, it can make your skin sag again, and this is more common in people over 45 because their bodies slow down at this age. In younger patients, these risks are usually lower.

So, to get the most out of your arm lift surgery, it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and avoid excessive weight fluctuations. This will help you maintain your post-operative aesthetic appearance in the long term.

When is the Right Time for Me to Have an Arm Lift?

There’s no special reason to have an arm lift during the summer. But, it’s important to be careful about hygiene in extreme heat because it can delay wound healing and increase the risk of infection. That’s why many experts recommend having the surgery in the fall or winter.

Thanks to modern medical facilities and air-conditioned environments, you can have arm lift surgery safely at any time of the year. Air conditioners provide the ideal temperature for post-surgery, so you can have surgery even in summer. Just follow your doctor’s recommendations and carefully apply patient care in the postoperative period, and you’ll see the positive results of the surgery regardless of the season.

Does Arm Sagging Correct with Exercise?

If you catch arm sagging early on, you can usually fix it with exercise. Just make sure your BMI is normal and you’re not exposed to harmful substances like alcohol or smoking. Also, keep collagen production going to keep your skin healthy.

It’s also important to have a regular and balanced diet during the exercise program. However, if the person is older or if the arm sagging is more advanced, the effect of exercises may be limited. In these cases, if the desired improvement cannot be achieved with exercise, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor for more effective solutions.

If the arm sagging is bad and doesn’t get better with exercise, you might want to think about plastic surgery. So, if you’re dealing with arm prolapse, it’s a good idea to chat with a health professional to figure out how bad your condition is and what the best treatment options are.

Is Massage Recommended After Arm Lift Surgery?

After arm lift surgery, it’s a good idea to get a massage to help the healing process along and make the surgery more effective. A massage done right can help the swelling that might happen after surgery go away faster.

Massage is especially helpful after the swelling goes down, because that’s when the arm starts to look firmer and newer. Just remember not to apply too much pressure and to do the massage movements correctly. It’s a good idea to have a specialist there with you to make sure you get the best results. It’ll make you more comfortable and help your recovery if you get a postoperative massage at the frequency and intensity recommended by a therapist.

Are There Scars After Arm Lift Surgery?

After an arm lift, you’ll likely have a scar that starts at the armpit and goes towards the inner part of the arm. The scars are usually red at first and turn pink over time. They usually turn into the skin color within 3 to 6 months, becoming less prominent and blurred.

The way scars look after surgery depends on your skin type, how well your body heals, and the surgical techniques used. If you take care of your skin and follow your doctor’s advice to support the healing process, you can reduce the appearance of scars. In particular, paying attention to wound care and, if necessary, applying scar-reducing treatments can improve the results.

How Much Does Arm Lift Surgery Cost?

The price of an arm lift surgery depends on how much work is needed and how much skin is hanging down. If you want to have liposuction done at the same time, that can affect the price. Since every patient is different, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to get specific information about the surgery and the price.

If you have any questions about pricing or the surgical process, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to walk you through it. Once we’ve done a personal assessment and examination, we’ll be able to give you all the information you need about your surgery plan and cost. This will help you plan according to your needs and determine the most suitable options for your budget.