An arm lift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, taking between one and two hours and being performed with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
To begin the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in the inner portion of your upper arm, which runs laterally, from the armpit to the elbow (the exact pattern and incision length will vary depending on your individual needs).
Once the incision is made, your surgeon will excise excess skin and fatty tissue, by gently elevating the skin and fat, removing it from the underlying muscles of the arm.
Dr. Kreithen will then remove this excess skin and fat, before replacing the skin over the underlying muscles. A drain may be placed beneath the incision, which is a slender rubber tube that assists in draining fluid that may accumulate beneath the incision and delay your healing.
This is also when we’ll perform liposuction to further sculpt and contour the arms, if you’ve chosen to add this procedure. A small cannula will be inserted, which suctions out the fatty deposits after they’ve been broken up. Once the upper arm has been appropriately reshaped, tissues will be smoothed out and sutured in place.
The incisions will then be carefully closed, to minimize scarring. Dr. Kreithen may use a technique in which all of the sutures are placed beneath the skin, to be absorbed by your body, eliminating the need for suture removal and improving your comfort and satisfaction levels.
We’ll apply a sterile dressing to the incisions, and a compression garment will be placed over your arms to help support them during the healing process, decreasing postoperative swelling and helping to decrease any bruising that may occur.