How To Prepare For An Arm Lift
Whether you’ve lost an inspiring amount of weight or you’re frustrated by the onset of sagging skin that accompanies the aging process, the appearance of dangling upper arm skin and fat can be truly upsetting and disillusioning. In addition to being embarrassing to look at and show off, this loose tissue can interfere with activities you want to participate in, or even make the clothes you want to wear unflattering.
Fortunately, an arm lift is a great way to tighten up your skin for good, helping you look and feel better about the way you present yourself to the world, no matter what the cause of the condition.
An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes skin and other loose or excess tissue from the upper arms through strategic incisions. It improves the contour of the arm and enables people to fully move their arms around in ways they weren’t able to or comfortable doing prior to the procedure. The skin, fat, and even underlying muscle can all be addressed in a personalized cosmetic procedure that is nearly always satisfying to Dr. Angelchik’s patients.
Arm lifts, in many ways, aren’t so different from other plastic surgery procedures in their preparation. In general, Dr. Angelchik requires patients to be in good overall shape, not preparing to undergo significant life events such as pregnancy, childbirth, or dramatic weight loss, as well as being non-smokers to be the best candidates for surgery.
Preparing for arm surgery requires you to make some plans in advance. For example, in the short term, you’ll need a friend or a loved one to drive you home from the surgery and stay with you for at least 24 hours to help with your basic needs. In addition, you’ll have restrictions for what you can and cannot do with your arms and your routine throughout recovery, meaning you should shop ahead of time, pick up prescriptions, prepare a recovery area, and arrange for necessary chores to be completed for up to a week after the procedure.
Another key qualifying characteristic of good candidates for arm lift or other cosmetic surgeries include a realistic understanding of the results. Yes, an arm lift is exceptionally good at removing excess skin and tissue that contributes to sagging, flapping, and loose upper arms. However, it will likely require a scar of noticeable length that will not heal overnight. It will fade over the course of up to a year, but may always be a little prominent.
Fortunately, with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik, the incisions will be closed as meticulously as possible to minimize long-term visible scarring. Taking good care and following his recovery instructions carefully can help improve your results.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance or feeling of your upper arms, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. It’s nearly impossible to tighten skin to the degree you’d like without surgery, but fortunately, Dr. Angelchik is here to make the process as simple, affordable, and natural-looking as possible. Find out how a surgical brachioplasty can help you live a better life and raise your self-confidence by contacting us online today.