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
Brachioplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure and is usually done under general anesthesia. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Incisions are generally placed in the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, and may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during the arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on the specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
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.