Body Contouring – Arm Lifts Help You Slenderize Your Arms
Although it is not as common a complaint as love handles, turkey neck, or thunder thighs, many people find themselves displeased with the appearance of their arms. The upper arms are prone to sagging, fat deposits, and a loss of elasticity just like many other areas of the body.
These problems can be exasperated by weight loss, weak muscles, and aging. Fortunately, you do not have to be cursed to wear long sleeves for the rest of your life. An arm lift is a body contouring procedure that helps trim away the excess fat and tighten the area to give you slimmer, smoother upper arms.
The upper arm is a difficult muscle to train, which means even the most physically fit individuals, may find the area losing definition and shape as they age. Even those who are thin may find that the skin loosens over time and hangs down in an unsightly manner.
During an arm lift, the patient will be placed under anesthesia and an incision will be made in the arm. The surgeon will try to conceal the incision as well as possible within the natural contours of the body and make it as short as possible, but often times a larger incision is necessary, from the underarm to the elbow, to achieve the maximum results. If you’re concerned about the severity of scarring, be sure to discuss these issues with your surgeon before making a commitment.
Many body contour procedures, such as the arm lift, also involve a small degree of fat removal. Liposuction is commonly used to help eliminate fatty deposits, but do not expect the number on the scale to lower. The surgeon will only use it as a body contouring tool, not a weight loss method.
After liposuction, the skin will be rolled tight and any excess will be excised. The remaining is then re-draped over the body and sew tightly back into place. Most surgeon use removable stitches that are taken out a week or two after the procedure, but some may choose to use sutures that naturally and safely absorb into the body.
Arm lifts are fairly safe procedures when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon; however all surgeries carry risks. Potential complications post-operation include bleeding, infection, prolonged bruising or swelling, poor healing, and blood clots. Following all surgeons’ instructions before and after surgery can help reduce the chance of developing these issues.
During the recovery from this body contouring procedure, you may be instructed to wear a special compression garment to help promote proper healing. Drainage tubes may also be required to remove excess liquid from the area. It may be two to three weeks before you can return to normal activity, and longer before you can do more rigid tasks such as exercise.
Results of body contouring surgeries such as the arm lift are permanent as long as you maintain a reasonable weight and healthy lifestyle. You’ll notice the difference in your appearance immediately and it will continue to improve within the following months. They can give you back the confidence you’ve been lacking in your physical appearance.