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Arm Lift

The upper arms are a common source of frustration for patients who have lost significant amount of weight. The weight loss can be through a combination of dieting, exercise, and bariatric procedures. The stretched skin does not always return to its original shape and starts to droop. Some patients have a hard time finding appropriate articles of clothing to accommodate the excess skin. This problem can be addressed with the arm lift procedure. Arm lift will remove the redundant skin and fatty tissue on the upper arms and to some degree on the side of the chest.

The Preoperative visit

Consultation for arm lift consists of a thorough discussion of the patient's desires and concerns. An extensive evaluation of the patient's upper arms and chest contour will be performed. Photographs will be reviewed. The available surgical options and Dr. Soltanianís recommendations will be discussed, including the limitations and risks of surgery. The patient is asked to review the written material and to return with her/his list of questions. All questions and concerns are addressed before the decision for surgery is finalized.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for arm lift are patients who have reached a stable weight, do not have severe underlying medical problems, and have a positive outlook, who have extensive amount of redundant skin on the upper arms. Patients need to understand that after this procedure, there will be permanent scars on the inside of the upper arms. The incisions usually heal well and are not very prominent during normal activities.

The Procedure

Arm lift is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. Patients will go home on the same day. Occasionally, small drain tubes are used which will be removed during an office visit. Arm lift may be performed in conjunction with liposuction or other procedures.

The Recovery

During the first few days after surgery, patients will require pain medications. The pain usually subsides quickly and is noticeable only during certain activities. Patients are required to maintain compression on the upper arms at all times for 3 to 4 weeks. Patients can take shower after 48 hours. Extreme range of motion is avoided to allow for proper healing of the incisions. Most of the stitches are dissolvable and do not require removal.

Results

Patients are commonly very satisfied with their results. The final results may not be visible for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery when the majority of the swelling is resolved. Occasionally, small revision of the scar tissue is necessary.

 

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