One of the discouraging things about getting older and significant weight loss is the development of sagging and laxity of the arms. This does not respond to exercise or toning. Patients are often embarrassed by this “bat wing” appearance and avoid wearing short sleeve shirts, tops, and tight-fitting clothing. An arm Lift removes excess skin and creates a toned and contours appearance. It is one of the most common surgeries following weight loss after Bariatric surgery. It restores not only the shape of the arms, but also a person’s self-confidence.
Candidates for Arm Lift
Men and women that are tired of trying to hide their “bat wings” are candidates for an Arm Lift. It is important that a patient is in overall good health, is stable in weight, and is at their desired weight goal.
Your Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure to you and your expected results. Each of the possible options about the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives as well as additional procedures may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
Surgery of an Arm Lift
The exact surgery will depend upon the amount of skin excess and laxity, and if there is significant adiposity of the arms. Excessive adiposity may cause the arms to be overly large and may accentuate or cause increased sagging of the skin. If this is the case, then Liposuction before the Arm Lift or during the Arm Lift will give the best result.
Incisions for the surgery are places on the inner or back of the arm. If there is a small amount od laxity the incision can be limited to the armpit and upper arm. For more extensive excess skin and laxity the incisions extend to just above the elbow. A drain is usually placed to prevent any blood or fluid accumulations beneath the skin.
Planning Your Procedure
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and anesthesia.
Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work and medical clearance prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is an outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instructions are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible results.
Recovery from Arm Lift
Since skin glue is placed to seal the incisions the patient can shower the next day. The drain is removed after two days and the patient can then resume normal activity. Vigorous physical activity using the arms is to be avoided for 4 weeks. The patient is placed in a compressed arm garment to reduce swelling. This is worn for about four weeks.
Cost of Arm Lift
Typically, insurance does not pay for an Arm Lift. The cost of surgery will depend upon the extent of the procedure. This is $4, 000-$5,250.
Commonly Asked Questions About Arm Lift:
What is the Scarring for Arm Lift Surgery?
The scar of an Arm Lift is placed either on the inner or back side of the arm. The length of the scar will depend upon the amount of excess skin and laxity of the arms. The degree of scarring is often the dependent upon the amount of tension that is placed upon closure of the incisions. This is reduced by removing the weight of arm fat with Liposuction. Deeper absorbable sutures are placed also to reduce the tension on the skin. A compression garment that gives support and decreases swelling provides improved healing of the incision and decreased scarring.
Is There Numbness of the Arms After Arm Lift Surgery?
There is skin numbness in the areas of Liposuction and skin re-draping due to the separation of superficial nerves to the skin. The sensation returns to normal 4-10 weeks after surgery.