In Orange County, arm lift surgery is becoming increasingly popular at Newport Beach Plastic Surgery. For those looking into achieving their ultimate aesthetic goals, this procedure effectively contours the upper arms to regain lost youthfulness and complete a full body transformation after profound weight loss. Many men and women have come to Milind K. Ambe MD to learn more about the procedure and the process of recovery.
An arm lift, or tuck, is known in the medical field as brachioplasty, and it specifically targets the area above the elbow to remove excess fat and or sagging skin as well as tighten the supportive tissues for optimal results. Reshaping effectively smooths the skin and creates a more toned, proportionate appearance.
As with all plastic surgery procedures, you must meet certain health standards to avoid dangerous risks. Perfect candidates for an arm lift are aging men and women who have lost youthful elasticity to their skin and have deposits of fat that have proved impervious to diet and exercise. If you have lost significant weight and have excess skin to remove, this is also a viable procedure for healthy candidates.
What to Expect
This plastic surgery procedure is categorized as minimally invasive. It is a procedure performed using local, rather than general, anesthesia to allow a greater number of potential candidates to qualify. If requested, sedation is available at our clinic.
After anesthesia, only small incisions are made on either side of the arm to be able to access the area between the underarm down to the elbow. Because only small incisions are required, this reduces scarring. First, liposuction is performed. There are several techniques that can be employed but Dr. Ambe prefers atraumatic dual plane technique of fat removal that is one of the safest methods for removal with an expedited recovery time.
Once excess fat is removed, the second step involves the connective tissue structures. These are tightened, reshaped, and stitched into place. If excess skin also needs to be removed, the skin is pulled taut and excess skin is surgically removed before sutures are made to close the incisions.
Recovery from Orange County Arm Lift Surgery
This is typically an outpatient procedure, so recovery at home is recommended. Prescriptions for pain medication are optional, as some very healthy patients can take over-the-counter medication for any post-surgery pain they experience. During the first few days of recovery, you will see some bruising and swelling. Severity is directly related to how extensive the contouring procedure is. Minimal movement is required during this time, so it is recommended that you seek out help for everyday lifting and reaching up.
After one to two weeks, the sutures are removed. To recover fully from the procedure and to continue to maintain the results, you may need to consult a variety of specialists including your general practitioner, a dietician or nutritionist, and even a personal trainer.
Once complete, your skin will be smooth, and your arms perfectly sculpted. Orange County arm lift surgery, provided by Milind K. Ambe MD, at Newport Beach Plastic Surgery can solve contouring issues safely and effectively to help you achieve your goals.