The upper arm (between the shoulder and elbow) is an area that tends to store fat. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be very helpful to remove fat and tighten skin. We may also suggest non-surgical skin tightening in combination with liposuction for optimal results.
Excessively flabby arm skin either after significant weight loss, or with advancing age can be treated with an arm lift. In this instance, skin is removed from the arm area leaving a discrete scar on the backside of the arm. Occasionally both liposuction and skin subtraction are needed to control a large and flabby arm.
Prior to any surgery, a complete medical history is taken to evaluate the patient’s general health. Dr. Chernoff will do a thorough examination to determine the most effective surgical approach. He will describe the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically be expected, and the possible risks and complications.
Pain connected with the arm lift procedure is mild to moderate but is controlled with oral medication. Daily showers and antibiotics will be continued to prevent infection. Instructions for the day of surgery include rest and limited activities. Dr. Chernoff will determine when normal activities can be resumed; however, weight training and aerobic exercise must be avoided for a period. Swelling, bruising, numbness and over sensitivity around the surgical area may occur, but these conditions are usually temporary.