The upper arm plastic surgery aims to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the upper arms by eliminating excess skin and fat deposits. This procedure is performed to address issues such as sagging tissues, decreased skin elasticity, aging, or hereditary factors that cannot be resolved through exercise. The primary goal is to achieve a more youthful and appealing contour for the arms through plastic correction.
What to Expect during the Surgery?
- During the surgery, the surgeon reduces the excess sagging skin in the upper arm, lifts and smoothens the underlying supportive tissues, and removes any accumulated fat in the area. Care is taken to minimise visible scarring by placing incisions in inconspicuous locations, typically on the inner side of the arm. However, the scars may become noticeable when the arms are lifted or extended.
- To contour the upper arms, both excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. The incisions are relatively long, spanning from the elbow to the armpit and within the armpit itself.
- Excess skin is excised, and efforts are made to ensure that the resulting scars are minimally visible by placing the incisions along the arm’s natural folds.
- The incision is typically made on the inner posterior aspect of the upper arm, minimising the visibility of the post-surgical scar. Following the surgery, patients experience reduced excess skin on their arms, increased self-confidence, and the ability to comfortably wear short sleeves.
- In some cases, liposuction may be performed in conjunction with the arm lift procedure. It’s worth noting that fat cells removed through liposuction do not typically return to the suctioned areas, even if the patient gains weight. Instead, any weight gained will be distributed evenly throughout the body.
What to expect after surgery?
- During the post-surgical period, patients will notice a smoother and tighter contour of their arms immediately after the surgery. The resulting scar is usually thin and fades over time,
- Swelling and bruising: It is common to experience swelling and bruising in the treated area. This is a normal part of the healing process and will gradually subside over time
- Discomfort and pain: You may experience some discomfort and pain in the first few days after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medications to help manage any discomfort.
- Dressings and bandages: Your arms will be wrapped in dressings and bandages immediately after the surgery to protect the incisions and support the healing process. These may be replaced during your follow-up visits or by following wound dressing instructions provided by operating surgeon.
- Limited arm movement: You will be advised to limit your arm movement during the initial stages of recovery to avoid straining the incisions. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on when you can gradually resume normal activities.
- Scarring: Arm lift surgery involves incisions, which will result in scars. The scars will initially appear red and raised but will gradually fade over time becoming less noticeable after 8-12 weeks. To protect the post-surgical scars, it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight for at least six months. The long-lasting results of the upper arm lift procedure are contingent on the patient’s lifestyle, diet, and physical activity.Proper wound care and following your surgeon’s instructions can help minimise the visibility of scars.
A guide for a smooth recovery
- During the healing period, it is crucial to adhere to a low-intensity regimen, refrain from smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking hinders blood circulation and can impede wound healing. Physical exertion, strenuous activities, and sports should also be avoided. Patients with diabetes or related conditions have a higher risk of complications and should exercise caution when considering this surgery.
- Special compression garments are typically worn for 6-8 weeks post-surgery, with dressing changes every 2-3 days. Non-absorbable sutures, if used, are typically removed after two weeks.
To achieve the best possible outcomes, it is advisable to undergo a series of personalised lymph drainage massages following your surgery. Amber Surgery clinic in Dublin provides post-operation clients with lymphatic massages at discounts of up to 50% (bookings available from 23rd of June)