Arm lift after weight loss, also known as brachioplasty, solves the problem of upper arm embarrassment due to the "bat wing" effect of hanging skin and fat on the underside of arms. This procedure is often performed by Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center in Los Angeles to help women and men who have lost a substantial amount of weight again wear short sleeves with confidence.
Arm Lift Plastic Surgery Procedure
Arm lift after weight loss at Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center in Los Angeles eliminates excess skin and fat. Usually including some liposuction for sculpting of the region, this procedure tightens and returns a more youthful appearance to the upper arms. The amount of skin and fat requiring removal on the arms will determine which of two versions of the surgery will be performed. Those two types of arm lift after weight loss include mini arm lift and standard arm lift.
Patients with an excessive amount of skin and fat on their upper arms will undergo standard arm lift after weight loss. This more extensive procedure will remove the "bat wing" appearance which accompanies loss of muscle tone and sagging. The incision of standard arm lift spans from the armpit to above the elbow.
When a standard arm lift is not necessary because the patient has minimal excess fat and skin on their upper arms, a mini arm lift after weight loss will be performed by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Siamak Agha. This procedure is similar to the standard arm lift, except a smaller incision is hidden within the fold of the armpit.
Recovery From Arm Lift After Weight Loss
Time and patience are keys to recovery following arm lift after weight loss. Your arms will be quite bruised and swollen with minor discomfort. Sutures will be removed from the surgical site at about one or two weeks after surgery.
Swelling and pain can be helped through intake of plenty of fluids and prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling usually subsides anywhere from a few days to two weeks into recovery. Both exercise and heavy lifting are prohibited for a period of time following the surgery. That is generally about four to six weeks.
Initial Consultation for Arm Lift After Weight Loss
Prime candidates for arm lift after weight loss are patients who have already achieved most, if not all, of their weight loss. It is important to be healthy and stable in weight for a period of time prior to the surgery at Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center in Los Angeles.
It is important to realize that arm lift surgery is not a means for weight loss. This procedure is meant to improve the results of weight loss which has already occurred. Arm lift after weight loss removes sagging skin once filled with fat and now left hanging.
When meeting with Dr. Siamak Agha at Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center in Los Angeles for the initial consultation, Dr. Agha will provide a physical examination to assess your present physique. He will use this exam and your medical history toward determination of your candidacy for arm lift after weight loss.
Dr. Agha will also answer your questions and help you determine if this is the best procedure for reaching your physical goals. It could be that other companion procedures or a different type of plastic surgery will provide the result you seek.
If you are deemed physically ready for arm lift after weight loss, your procedure may be scheduled at Los Angeles' Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center following this initial consultation.
As an international expert in body contouring and body lift surgery, Dr. Agha often receives patients internationally and from out-of-state. Dr. Agha has had patients from Arizona, Texas, New York, North Carolina, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Chicago, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Alaska, Toronto, Vancouver, to mention a few. Learn more about his serves in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, San Diego, Riverside, San Francisco. To make a complimentary appointment to see Dr. Agha, please call us at Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center on 949-644-2442.