The Arm Lift Surgery
The Arm Lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed
under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport
Coast Surgical Center. The
operation takes approximately two hours to perform. The patient is monitored by an
anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.
The operation begins with an incision along the inside of
the upper arm extending from the arm pit to the elbow crease.
The skin is then dissected off the muscle and freed up as
far back as possible. A wide crescent of
skin and fat is then removed from the back of the upper arm.
Zone of Skin Excision
A drainage tube is placed under the skin and exiting the
back of the elbow. The skin is then
closed with absorbable sutures.
Only a thorough and candid discussion between you and Dr.
Doan can determine the best surgical options for you. Doctor Doan will discuss with you in detail
every step of the procedure and he will review with you the possible
complications of the operation.
The Recovery From
Arm Lift Surgery
Recovery from an Arm Lift procedure is remarkably less
painful than one might expect. You will
be prescribed medication for pain and nausea.
You will also be given antibiotics to prevent infection. The arm should be kept elevated on pillows for
the first several days to lessen the swelling.
An elastic arm compression garment is worn for six weeks to minimize
swelling and to help with tightening of the skin. You should be up and about
the next day to prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the
legs. Stitches are dissolvable and do
not need to be removed. Swelling takes
up to two months to completely resolve and there should be no bruising. Most patients can return to work by two weeks
after surgery. Sensation may take 6-12
months to return completely. By 3 months
after surgery, most patients are highly satisfied with their results. Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you
through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as
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If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing
disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of Arm Lift
surgery are very low. However, since it
is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing
to undergo a procedure such as this. Potential
complications associated with Arm Lift surgery may include the following:
Bleeding: Bleeding is quite rare after this procedure and may require a return to the operating room to control the bleeding.
Infection: Skin infection is
also rare but may result from bacteria tracking along the drainage tube into
the wound or from bacteria in the axilla.
It can easily be treated with antibiotics.
Seroma: If drainage tubes are not used or if
they are taken out too soon after surgery, then fluid can build up
underneath the skin. This would
require aspiration in the office.
Keloid Scars: This is usually hereditary and is based on
your genetic potential for healing. This results from scar tissue forming
outside the edges of the incision. It can result in thick, elevated, dark, or
wide scars. A scar revision may be attempted to improve the appearance of the
Skin Separation: This results from infection of the skin
or too much tension on the incision from too much skin being removed. It generally results in a keloid scar.
Numbness of the Skin: You should expect prolonged numbness of
the inside of the upper arm. It may
take 12 to 18 months for the sensation to return. However, there may be some permanent
loss of sensation.