Arm Lift

Laxity of skin can occur at any level, including the arms. In this area it is very obvious and annoying. Laxity of skin occurs around the age of 40 years, and can be treated and prevented with massage and exercise. Recently methods to treat and prevent the onset of laxity appeared, namely laser therapy. As we age, skin laxaty will be even more significant and will require surgical correction.

The surgery involves the excision and ascension of excess skin in the arm, through an incision that will be placed in the armpit. This incision, in some cases, will be associated with another one, disposed in the longitudinal axis of the arm, and will be positioned on the inner surface.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia for reasons concerning the patient comfort. It is used both for women and men.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know about the arm lift post-operative care?

Immediately after the surgery you need to remain in the clinic under medical care for 24 hours. After this you will be released and will have to follow an antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain reliever cpurse for 5 to 7 days. Stitches should be removed up to 12 days after the surgery and then you can clean the area with soap and water. Like in other body reshaping surgeries, it is mandatory to wear the elastic bandage prescribed by your surgeon. Massage is also welcomed and should be started right from the second week postoperatively. Scars have to be massaged with special products for scar remodeling for at least six months.

How long does the recovery period last after the arm lift surgery?

Movement of the arms can be gradually resumed, except lifting them above shoulder level, this movement should be resumed as late as possible (after 3 or 4 weeks). If the arm is lifted overhead the postoperative scar will broaden, with the risk that it will be increasingly thicker during the 6 months of evolution. In these circumstances the use of silicone patches is more than welcome.

What are the contraindications of the arm lift surgery?

Because this intervention is complex, it requires general anesthesia. Serious cardiopulmonary diseases that increase the anesthetic risk are a contraindication for this surgery. Serious dermatological diseases, infectious disease, cachexia and diabetes are also contraindications for performing such a surgery. The patient should be informed of the residual postoperative scars, understand that he or she will remain with it for life and consent to this. The patient should also know that sometimes a correction is needed, corrections that can be made after 6 months of surgery.

What are the risks of the arm lift surgery?

Immediately after the surgery there are risks of infection, wound dehiscence, bleeding, serious inflammation etc. Remote risks are pathological scarring and local bumps.

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