Where will your arm lift procedure be performed?
Arm lift surgery can be done on an ambulatory basis. Dr. Agha has staff privilege to operate either at accrediated surgery centers or one of the local hospitals. The choice of hospital versus surgery center is determined by your medical health. For most healthy patients, the surgery is completed in a surgery center.
What kind of planning is involved with your arm lift surgery?
Before your arm lift procedure, Dr. Agha will see you again to review the plan of surgery one last time. He will then design your procedure and mark the incisions on your arm. You will then receive a dose of antibiotics before the start of your anesthesia and arm lift surgery.
What type of anesthesia do you need for arm lift surgery?
Arm lift surgery may involve local anesthesia with intravenous sedation – leaving you awake, but not totally aware – or general anesthesia. Typically for most extended arm lift procedures, general anesthesia is most comfortable for the patient.
Where will your arm lift incision be placed?
The standard arm lift procedure uses an incision that is either placed on the inside of your arm or the back of the arm. This is referred to as extended arm lift. Alternatively, some people may only require minimal incisions where the inner, upper arm meets the armpit. This is commonly referred to as a minimal incision arm lift or limited arm lift. After the incision is made, excess fat and skin are then trimmed carefully.
Does Dr. Agha perform arm liposuction with arm lift surgery?
Often Dr. Agha employs arm liposuction to lighten the arm or to sculpt the arm contour during an arm lift procedure.
What kinds of sutures are used for your arm lift surgery by Dr. Agha?
Dr. Agha prefers using sutures that will be dissolved on their own. Once excess arm tissue and skin are excised, During the Arm Lift Surgery Dr. Agha will place deep absorbable stitches to tighten and lift the arm. Next a second and third layer of suturing will ensure further tightening and optimal scar quality.
Will drains be needed for arm lift surgery?
Typically, Dr. Agha does not use a drain for arm lift surgery. Up to now, Dr. Agha has performed several hundred arm lift procedures without the need for using any drains.
How to care post-operatively for your arm lift surgery
You will be given a prescription for pain relief and antibiotics at your pre-operative appointment. Dr. Agha will want you to continue wearing ACE bandages to your arms for several days to provide stability and decrease swelling. Dr. Agha will advise you not to lift or strain in any way. You may temporarily experience reduced sensation in the area but normal sensation should return as the healing process continues over the following months. To learn more, visit our arm lift recovery page.
When can you resume work?
You will be able to return to work within 7 to 10 days after your arm lift surgery, and should be able to continue normal activities in approximately 1 month.
You may have temporary reduced sensation in the area but normal sensation should return as the healing process takes place and will continue over the following months.
What kind of result can you expect from an arm lift surgery?
While there is some swelling and bruising after your Arm Lift Surgery, your new trim and toned arm will be apparent almost immediately after your arm lift. There will be no excess arm tissue or skin and the arm contour will be well-balanced in relation to your forearm (lower arm).
Can you combine arm lift surgery with other plastic surgery procedures?
Yes. Typically more and more patients are electing to have multiple procedures performed at one setting. This will save the patient money on fees related to anesthesia and operating room. Also, most patients prefer to take time-off once to recuperate from several procedures rather than one. Arm lift surgery can be safely combined with any other plastic surgery procedure