Reduction Of Excess Skin And Fat Of The Upper Arm.Thigh Lift Surgery Targets Unwanted Fat And Excess Skin On The Inside Of The Thigh.
Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)
Targets unwanted fat and excess skin on the upper arm. Surgery is usually combined with liposuction to help remove unwanted excess fat from the arms.
The scars are limited to the internal aspect of the arm and fade over time to become difficult to see. Arm lift surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other plastic surgery body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or body lift. A supportive garment is worn for several weeks after surgery.
What Can I Do To Prepare For Surgery?
As you approach your tummy tuck, stick to your exercise regimen, get plenty of sleep, and eat a healthy diet. It is important to have reached a stable weight, within your ideal and healthy weight range. Abdominal surgery is often combined with liposuction, but it's not weight loss surgery, it's body contouring surgery.
In other words, you will get the best results if you have lost your unwanted weight and the surgery is aimed at removing the excess unwanted skin rather than the fat per se. Finally, it is imperative that you have stopped smoking for at least 3 months, if not 6 months before your operation. Smoking can have devastating effects on healing and dramatically increases the risk of complications at all levels.
How long does the operation take?
The operation varies in duration from 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on what is involved. Mini abdominal folds take less time, but full abdominal folds with liposuction take longer.
What is involved in the operation?
On the day of your surgery, your doctor will start by marking your arm where he plans to make the incisions. There are a lot of ways to perform an arm lift, but the most common involve making incisions on the inside or back of the arms. Other options include an underarm incision or one that extends from the top of your elbow to your armpits.
You are then given local or general anesthesia, depending on the surgical method chosen by your doctor. Guided by the marks they made on your arm, your doctor walks in and tightens or reshapes the tissue in your arm. They then pull your skin over the tissue and close the surgical wound with stitches.
If there are additional pockets of fat that could make it difficult for your arm to fully heal, your doctor may use liposuction at the same time to remove that fat. The total process is generally realized in three hours.
After you have had surgery, you will need someone to take you home after the appointment and stay with you through the night to make sure you have no problems.
How Much Pain Can I Feel After The Operation?
Patients are often uncomfortable for the first 24 hours, but after that things calm down quite quickly. Most pain can be managed from day one with painkiller tablets alone.
Will My Health Health Insurance Pay Me For The Surgery?
Recent changes to Medicare mean that it is more difficult for your health care fund to cover surgery. But exceptions still exist. If your stomach skin has repeated rashes, infections, or ulcers, your fund should help with the cost of your surgery.
Will My Caesarean Section Scar Affect Surgical Planning?
Yes it will. If you have enough lax skin, then your Caesarean scar can be removed around the time of your tummy tuck. If your Caesarean scar is very faint, or if you do not have a lot of excess abdominal skin, it might not be possible to remove your Caesarean scar.
What Happens To My Navel?
A scar will be created around your belly button so that it can be placed in the appropriate position on your new flat stomach. Your belly button is never disconnected from your body but remains attached to you at all times.
What Can You Do To Minimize Scars?
Scarring with surgery is inevitable, but the appearance can be minimized. Good post-operative scar care will speed up the maturation of your scar and thus speed up its transition to a thin, flat and pale line. Care of the scars involved scotch tape for external support, massage, a sheet of topical silicone gel, and light therapy, including LED light and laser.
What Can Go Wrong With Surgery?
Each operation has a list of potential complications. In the short term, I worry about bruising, bleeding, swelling and fluid buildup. Healing issues, although not common, can be a real nuisance to the patient and the surgeon. Patients complain of numbness in the skin, which returns to normal over a period of several months. Finally, if you gain weight after your surgery, your body shape may return to what it was.
When Can I Resume Exercise?
I'm glad my patients are starting to walk the day after surgery, but you should avoid core strengthening exercises for 12 weeks and then relax slowly.