Before you decide to go ahead with an arm lift or thigh lift, we will offer you a thorough one-to-one free medical consultation with a surgeon who specialises in this type of surgical procedure. Your surgeon will explain the options available for achieving the best result according to your individual case and your personal preferences.
Hanging skin on the underside of the arm with loss of skin tone frequently occurs following extensive weight loss. The loose skin is sometimes associated with fat deposits from the elbow up. The arm lift is a procedure that is performed to remove excess skin and some fat in order to restore a more youthful appearance in the arm. A scar is left along the length of the upper, inner arm where it is hidden whenever your arms are by your side. Liposuction – another body contouring procedure – is a good alternative to an arm lift for those with good skin tone and disproportionate amounts of fat.
The Arm Lift Procedure
The arm lift, or brachioplasty, takes between two to three hours to perform. Some liposuction is commonly done as well as removal of excess skin. The incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. Often, a drain tube is left in each arm. Each patient is placed in a compression garment to help minimize swelling.
Arm Lift Recovery
The arms remain swollen for several weeks following the procedure. You will be seen in the office two to three days after your surgery to remove dressings and possibly drains. You should refrain from lifting anything greater than 15 pounds for six weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work in about one week. The scars will not disappear completely though they will begin to fade in two to three months, and will reach their final appearance in one to two years. It is important that these scars are not exposed to sun while they are still red as this may lead to darkening/pigmentation. If sun exposure is to occur, a sun block should be used.
Time and gravity can cause the skin of the inner thigh to lose tone and elasticity. This is especially true following massive weight loss. The thighs may be affected by both a fat collection and saggy skin, which can produce an unpleasant contour that does not respond to diet and exercise. A thigh lift involves liposuction along with the removal of excess skin to restore a healthier looking contour. If the skin tone is good and excessive fat is the main problem, liposuction alone may improve the condition.
Thigh Lift Procedure
A thigh lift takes approximately two hours. The procedure involves liposuction as well as removal of the loose skin. After excess skin and fat have been eliminated, dissolvable sutures are used to close up the incisions. You will be placed in a compression garment for two to four weeks to help minimize swelling.