The latest fad in plastic surgery is having an arm lift. Yes, you read that right, arm lift surgery – but the surgery comes with significant risks, due to a recent study.
According to the NY Daily News, arm lift surgery has increased by more than 4,000 percent in the last ten years. People who have had dramatic weight loss and want to tone up their arms are getting upper arm lifts, a surgery called brachioplasty.
Sometimes all the exercise and lifting weights in the world will not tone up the loose skin you end up with after weight loss… But is this surgery, which leaves an unsightly permanent scar, and leaves you unable to use your arms or hands for a few weeks, the best solution?
What is Brachioplasty?
Arm lift surgery, called brachioplasty, reshapes the under-part of the arm from the underarm region to the elbow. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, during surgery, the surgeon will make an incision on the inside of your arm or the back of your arm, which may extend to your elbow. If they need to remove fat, they’ll also do liposuction at this time. Then, they reshape the underlying tissue and smooth out your skin.
Once they’re done smoothing out your arm, doctors will close the incision with sutures, which are stitches that hold your skin together. The sutures will either be the sort you can absorb, or stitches your doctor will have to remove in one to two weeks. You’ll notice a smooth, tighter arm, usually right after surgery – but it can take a few days before the swelling and bruising go away, and even longer before you’ll actually be able to use your arms and hands. It can take up to 2 or 3 weeks to restore normal use of your limbs after this cosmetic surgery. If you’re a smoker, or are around second-hand smoke, your healing time will be even longer.
After surgery, your doctor will wrap your incision in bandages and a compression sleeve to minimize swelling. They may also place a small tube under the skin to allow for fluid to drain out. Your individual care plan, including pain medications, will be up to your doctor and your personal situation.Decoded Science
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