Patients who deal with the dreaded bat wing effect of loose skin on their upper arms often choose to turn to Oklahoma City plastic surgeon Dr. Anureet Bajaj for an arm lift. After an arm lift surgery, you will be able to show off your upper arms more proudly in public without the embarrassing hanging skin and fat.
Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery
- Removing loose skin on the upper arms
- Eradicating small pockets of fat
- Improving self-image
Arm lift, or brachioplasty, is generally performed under a general anesthetic which means that you are asleep for the procedure. Dr. Bajaj will begin your arm lift surgery by making an incision that travels from your arm pit toward your elbow, on the insides of your arms. She may also choose to employ liposuction surgery to eradicate any small pockets of fat that prevent your arms from looking slimmer. At the incision sites, Dr. Bajaj will then remove the loose skin and tissues that contribute to the sagging look of your upper arms. She will then close the incisions with sutures, creating a more taut appearance. Surgical dressings will then be applied, as well as compression garments which will maintain the new sleeker shape of your arms. These compression garments must be worn for 3-4weeks after surgery, as you heal.
You should expect two to four weeks for recovery after your arm lift with Dr. Bajaj. As you leave the office, you should have transportation home as well as assistance for a few days, as your activity will be limited. You may need to keep your arms elevated and use ice regularly for a few days. It is not uncommon to experience some swelling and discomfort. To help manage this discomfort, Dr. Bajaj may prescribe medication. With limited movement and keeping your arms elevated as much as possible, the swelling should dissipate within 2-3 weeks.