What is Arm Lift Surgery?
This procedure can help reduce the signs of sagging skin which is associated with extreme weight loss or aging.
The Ideal Candidate
The best candidate for this surgery are those in relatively good shape but bothered by moderate fatty loose skin or fat in their upper arms that exercise and diet alone cannot reduce. These are the characteristics of an ideal candidate:
- Loss of skin elasticity in older patients
- Excess skin or fat in the upper arms
- Have realistic expectations
- Be in relatively good health
- Be determined to maintain their weight, no weight loss or gain as it can affect the surgical outcomes
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
Before any procedure can be scheduled a consultation must take place, here the surgeon will assess the patients needs and suggest the best procedure to achieve the required results.
- Duration of procedure
- Complications during surgery
- Additional procedures required
Consultation Fee: R1000
(Estimated Price: R60 000/ leg)
Arm Lift Before and After
Arm Lift Surgery Recovery
An arm lift surgery can require a long or small incision, depending on the incision and how much skin and fat are removed. Some cases will require a temporary drainage tube which removes excess liquid from the incision site.
Complications | Risks | Side Effects | Scars
The scarring can be quite extensive depending on the surgeons course of action, with the most invasive removal leaving a scar from the armpit right down the upper arm to the elbow. It can take up to nine months before the scars flatten and lighten in colour.
Normal Side Effects
After undergoing the surgery, the patient may feel all or none of these very normal and common side effects:
- Swollen sore arms
- Scars appear to worsen during the first 6 months post surgery.
Other Side Effects
Like all medical procedures, the risk of complications increases when proper aftercare treatment is not followed. These complications include:
- Hypertrophic scarring (large fat/ thick scars)
- Progressive pain that cannot be addressed with your pain medications
- A high fever
- Strange discolouration, and or leaking
- Incision site splitting (this is extremely rare)
These risks will be fully disclosed and explained by the surgeon, if at any point post surgery a patient suffers from any serious side effects – please consult your surgeon immediately.