An arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis and usually under general anesthesia. To remove the unwanted skin, Dr. Schleicher will make an incision from near the elbow into the armpit. He will place the incision in the most inconspicuous location, usually the inner arm towards the back, but you can expect some scarring to always be visible.
Once surgery is complete, your arms are wrapped or placed in elastic sleeves to reduce any swelling. The sutures are usually removed within 10 to 14 days of surgery. You can expect any swelling and bruising to disappear within 3 to 4 weeks, with all swelling gone within 3 to 6 months. You can expect to see your scars fade over time, even 6 to 24 months after surgery, depending on your skin. You can expect to be back to work in 3 weeks and to see final results within 3 months.
Deciding if an arm lift is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on an arm lift or would like to know if you are a good candidate, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
An arm lift is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.