Saint Louis Cosmetic Surgery


Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute

 

621 S New Ballas Road
Suite 676A
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 251-6250
Fax: (314) 251-6822

Arm Lift Saint Louis

Arm Lift
armlift procedure

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Are You a Candidate for Brachioplasty?

      You may be a candidate for a minimal incision arm lift if you have a small amount of extra skin located near the armpit. Others, such as people who have lost massive amounts of weight following bariatric surgery, may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit, and onto the side of the chest. Your incision pattern will vary based on the extent of the surgery and your surgeon's preferred method of treatment.

 

 The Armlift Procedure
 
 
      An arm lift typically takes one to three hours depending on the extent of the surgery. It may involve local anesthesia with intravenous sedation leaving you awake, but not totally aware or general anesthesia.

      Liposuction may be sufficient enough for people with smooth skin and just a small amount of flab. The more invasive total arm lift procedure may benefit people with larger areas of fat underneath the arms, poor skin quality and sun damaged skin.

      To perform an upper arm lift, Dr. Hart will make incisions on the inside or back of your arm. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow. Some people may only require minimal incisions from the area where the inner, upper arm joins the armpit. This is known as a minimal incision arm lift.

      You may be a candidate for a minimal incision arm lift if you have a small amount of extra skin located near the armpit. Others, such as people who have lost massive amounts of weight following bariatric surgery, may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit and onto the side of the chest. Your incision pattern will vary based on the extent of the surgery and your surgeon's preferred method of treatment.

      After the incision is made, excess fat may be removed with liposuction. Excessive skin is then trimmed, tightened and sutured in place with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one or two weeks of the surgery. Your skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

 

Recovering From Your Arm Lift

      While there is some swelling and bruising, your new trim and toned arm will be apparent almost immediately after your arm lift. You may feel some mild discomfort right after the procedure. Your surgeon can prescribe prescription pain medication to help alleviate this pain.

      Swelling peaks two to three days after your arm lift, typically dissipating within two weeks. Elevating your arm with pillows can help reduce swelling and increase comfort during recovery.

      Dressings are typically applied to the incision. Many of the stitches will dissolve, but those that are not self-absorbing are usually removed within a week. Your surgeon may prescribe a compression garment to allow the skin to adhere to underlying tissues.

      You can shower one week after the procedure, and most people can go back to work two to three weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon will likely tell you to avoid any strenuous exercise for one month, and to avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks. Individual instructions vary.
 

      You may be a candidate for a minimal incision arm lift if you have a small amount of extra skin located near the armpit. Others, such as people who have lost massive amounts of weight following bariatric surgery, may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit, and onto the side of the chest. Your incision pattern will vary based on the extent of the surgery and your surgeon's preferred method of treatment.

     After the incision is made, excess fat may be removed with liposuction. Excessive skin is then trimmed, tightened, and sutured in place with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one or two weeks of the surgery. Your skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

 

 

 

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