As a reconstructive surgeon, Gary A. Vela, M.D. is able to perform arm lifts. This is one of the many body contouring techniques that can be used to help patients deal with excess skin following weight loss. If you are considering an arm lift is it important that you get as much information as possible about the procedure, so here we will examine what they are and what you can expect during recovery.
What Is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift is a procedure that can be used to rid yourself of excess skin under the arms, which is a common result of pregnancy, ageing and weight loss. It is primarily performed for aesthetic reasons and completed in a single session. It will make your arm skin tighter, which results in your arms looking better. For many, the procedure helps restore confidence so they feel more comfortable wearing clothing that exposes their arms.
Immediately following the surgery your surgeon will apply a bandage, which is usually removed after two weeks along with any stitches. Heavy lifting should be eliminated from your routine for four weeks to prevent stitches tearing out and to offer your arms the time they need to heal.
Bruising and swelling are both common and will often appear a little over two weeks after the surgery. This may be uncomfortable, but it should be manageable. You will also notice scarring on the underside of your arm. While this may be distressing at first, that scar will fade over time and become smoother.
To find out more about Gary A. Vela, M.D. and his arm lift procedures, head to www.drvelaplasticsurgery.com.