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What is Arm Lift & How it is Performed by Expert Surgeons

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Many women hide their upper arms, even in the dog days of summer, because they are unwilling to wear sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts. They feel their upper arms are too big and bulky compared to their body, or that they have too much loose, hanging skin, which gives their arms an unflattering silhouette.

There are effective techniques to reduce the size of the upper arms and to get rid of excess skin. What's more, these goals can be accomplished without the tradeoff of lengthy post-treatment scars. With proper patient evaluation and thoughtful surgical techniques, patient satisfaction with contouring of the arms has been very high.

THE SURGERY

To begin the procedure of Arm Lift in houston, the surgeon makes incisions to remove excess fatty tissues. This is accomplished with different size hollow tubes called cannulas. The opposite end of the cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum. The surgeon manipulates the cannula within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. Each area to be suctioned needs to be approached from two different directions.

There are different methods of liposuction. With the tumescent technique, a fluid is infiltrated into your fat deposits to ease removal and decrease discomfort and bleeding. Power assisted liposuction uses oscillating cannulas, which vibrate minutely but quickly to remove firm, fibrous fat.

When an arm lift is performed, an incision will be made in the armpit along the natural crease where the arm joins the body. This will enable the surgeon to remove excess skin and tighten the skin to conform to the new arm shape. Stitches will be placed in all incisions and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

Compression dressings will be applied to control swelling and to help your skin shrink and heal to fit your new contour. The surgery will be performed at our Plastic Surgery Houston TX Center.

ANESTHESIA

Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, which is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. You'll sleep through the operation. Arm liposuction and arm lifts usually take 2 to 3 hours. The time varies depending on the extent of the procedure.

AFTER THE SURGERY

For the first few days after surgery, you will feel swollen, tight and sore. The discomfort and tightness can be controlled by medication. Do not allow your arms to hang by your sides. You will need to keep your arms elevated on pillows for the first day or two to keep the swelling from drifting into your hands and fingers. You will need to limit your arm motions for the first few weeks after surgery until the incisions are well healed. You should keep your elbows below shoulder level for approximately 2 weeks after surgery.

If you have a drainage tube, it will be removed within a few days. You will apply antibiotic ointment around the drain and on the incisions several times per day. Do not get any of the treated areas wet until instructed to do so. Do not wear deodorant without your doctor's approval.

You will be expected to wear a supportive garment to cover the areas that were treated once the compression wraps are removed. Count on wearing such a garment continuously for 3 to 4 weeks. This helps support the skin during healing.

YOUR NEW LOOK

Liposuction of the arms and arm lifts produces excellent results for patients with disproportionate arms or arms with loose skin. Patients typically lose inches from the upper arm and enjoy new freedom to wear clothing that is short sleeved or sleeveless.

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