It removes the excess skin and fat that appears on the triceps area as a result of aging or when too much weight is lost. If your upper arms are sagging and wearing sleeveless clothes makes you feel uncomfortable, an arm lift could be the best option. The resulting scar will be a straight line that will be visible in the inner side of the arm, but most people prefer to have this line than flaccidity.
When the fat deposits are small and the skin has good elasticity, liposuction is a more adequate treatment than this one.
We use local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. It takes about 2 hours. The surgeon makes an incision along the inner arm, from the elbow to the armpit. He trims the excess skin and fat. He places drainage tubes (if necessary) and closes the incisions with stitches. The hospital stay will be between 8 to 24 hs.
You will wear a compression bandage around your arms for a week. This will reduce the swelling and aid the healing process. You may also have a flexible drainage tube in each arm. They reduce the incidence of bruises, since they drain off excess fluids from the wounds to an airtight plastic bottle. The pain level will be moderate. You will be greatly relieved if you take pain relievers every 6 or 8 hours.
We remove the stitches in about two weeks after the surgery.
You may go back to work about a week after the surgery. Your arms will be firmer for a long time, since the results of an arm lift are permanent. Most of the patients are satisfied with the results obtained. All in all, they consider that their arms look much better after the surgery, in spite of the scars. You can see the final result in 6 months.