In daily activities, arms are indispensable movement tools of human beings. Arm tissue also has difficulty in resisting aging and gravity over the years. Arm skin loosens over time and sagging becomes inevitable. Visual disturbances come to the fore, especially in people who are middle-aged and have arms whose fat tissue has been emptied over time. A sagging arm that has lost its tight structure can also restrict a person’s clothing options, along with psychological problems. Arm lift is a procedure applied by plastic surgeons in patients who want to get rid of such problems.
Appropriate Patient Profile
Patients with severe skin loosening and sagging in the arm tissue above the elbow are suitable for surgery. It is frequently applied in middle-aged and older people, except for certain genetic disorders.
After an appropriate disease history and physical examination, criteria to determine the technique of the operation are evaluated. Conditions that may pose an obstacle to the operation are inspected by the anesthesiologist, and necessary blood tests are performed. In case of chronic diseases that may affect the surgery, additional examinations or consultations may be requested. If any blood thinners are used, they should be discontinued at least 1 week in advance. Smoking may impair the wound healing process in some patients. There is no need to discontinue drugs used for other chronic diseases.
Arm lift surgery is performed in a hospital environment and under general anesthesia. The average duration of the operation is 1-1.5 hours. The procedure is performed in accordance with the technique determined by your aesthetic surgeon. It can be applied in arm lift surgery, if necessary, in liposuction. Excess tissue is removed by making an incision in the area extending from the elbow to the armpit on the inner surface of the arm.
After the operation, food is eaten at the 4th hour and the patient gets up from the bed and starts walking. The patient is discharged on the same day. The pain is not pronounced and painkillers to be used provide adequate help. The patient can be washed after 1-2 days. Some edema and swelling that may occur in the arm area will pass in approximately 2-3 weeks. Light exercises can be done easily over time. Return to daily life is fast.
Of course, every surgical procedure has its own complications. Although these are rare, they should be explained to the patient by the physician for the purpose of informing the patient. There are alternative solution options for all of the early and late complications that may develop. Temporary problems; tenderness, pain, feeling of tension. Early problems; bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, long-term problems; bad scarring, roughness in the skin and aesthetic problems.