Arm lift procedures may be performed at an accredited plastic surgeon’s outpatient surgical facility, hospital, or outpatient surgery center. It can be an outpatient procedure or require a short hospital stay, depending on the extent and areas of treatment. The necessary anesthesia will be chosen in concert with your doctor and anesthesia provider. You should plan to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first night.
Your surgeon will use a pre-determined pattern of treatment. An incision will be made between your elbow and armpit on the inner side or back of the arm. The length of the incision depends on the extent of the treatment you will be receiving. Fatty deposits are removed surgically, with liposuction, or both. Sutures are placed inside the arm tissue to tighten and reshape it. The incision is closed with sutures. In some cases, temporary drainage tubes are placed under the skin to help prevent fluids from collecting under the skin. At the end of the procedure, the upper arm is bandaged and may be wrapped in a compression garment to help reduce swelling.
You may initially experience some bruising and swelling. You will be provided with specific aftercare instructions and should avoid excessive motion or force while you are healing. As your swelling resolves, your new look is immediately apparent and will continue to improve. You can help maintain your new toned arms by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.