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Benefits of Upper Arm Lift Surgery

After dramatic weight loss, many people are frustrated to find that sagging arm skin is obscuring their final results. Laxity along the arms can cause both an unattractive appearance and physical discomfort from chafing. However, following your weight loss, removing excess skin from the arms can create the toned and fit appearance you want.

Upper Arm Lift Process
Before Surgery

Before Surgery

  • Your upper arm lift journey begins with a consultation. Dr. Baker will analyze your goals and anatomic needs to develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.
  • You’ll meet a second time, two weeks before your surgery, where we will take before photos. Here is where we will confirm your treatment plan. Standard lab work will also be performed.
  • Our final meeting will take place one day before your surgery. We will go over any additional questions you may have. Dr. Baker will provide you with pre-op and post-op care instructions. Additionally, a detailed surgical design will be marked on your body.
Incision Options

Incision Options

  • Dr. Baker will make an incision that starts near the armpit and runs the length of the upper arm, down toward the elbow.
  • In patients with relatively small amounts of lax skin, we can utilize a minimal incision that hides all scarring within the armpit.
  • Liposuction may be used along the arms to eliminate excess fat.
Combining With Body Lift

Combining With Body Lift

  • Arm lift surgery can be performed as a part of a comprehensive body contouring procedure following weight loss.
  • Dr. Baker chooses a combination of procedures for patients carefully based on the patient’s anatomy and goals.
  • Arm lift surgery addresses the portion of sagging skin on the upper arm, while body lift surgery targets tissue from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back.
Addressing Any Concerns You May Have

Immediately following your surgery, you will feel groggy from the anesthesia, and you may experience some initial discomfort. You will develop bruising, redness, and swelling that will last between two and four weeks. Additionally, you should sleep with your arms elevated for the first two weeks.

In the initial weeks following your surgery, you should avoid strenuous physical activities, especially lifting. Depending on the level of activity involved in the job, most patients can return to work within two weeks. You may be able to resume your regular exercise routine after three to four weeks with your doctor’s permission.

Frequently Asked Questions About Upper Arm Lift
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