Arm lifts are not specifically weight loss surgery. Patients can be placed in two clear categories.
In the first category, there are those who have under arm fatty deposits which need removal. Herein, an arm lift is undertaken in combination with liposuction, in order to remove the fat as well as tighten the skin.
In the second category are those who experienced dramatic weight loss; they may have had a gastric bypass and have not so pretty under arm flaps of skin. The skin has been stretched for such a long period of time that it is difficult to regain elasticity when the fat has disappeared.
Key points relating to arm lifts
A cut is made under the armpit which runs right along the arm to the elbow. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat, prior to any excess skin being cut off and tissue being sewn back together.
This form of diet surgery often leads to significant scarring under the arm. Hence, the surgery is recommended for patients who are willing to exchange flabby arms for such scars. Those with only slightly flabby arms or loose skin often choose not to go for this type of diet surgery.
Is an arm lift going to work for me?
It is critical to note that an arm lift is basically replacing one problem (flabby arms) with another (scarred arms). It is vital that you really wish to have surgery and be totally prepared for the emotional effects of scarring, prior to moving ahead with this procedure.
Patients usually undergo general anaesthesia for an arm lift. The procedure is relatively straightforward and should last no longer than 2 hours, after which patients will go home. There will be some pain for the first 5 days or so, and swelling that can last up to 2 weeks. All bandages will be removed after 7 days, and most patients can be back at work within a week. You must hold off the exercise for at least 2 weeks though.
Arm lifts are considered to be relatively safe as a diet surgery procedure. Patients who opt for general anaesthesia of course run all the related risks.
Another key concern is whether the patient is prepared for scarring which invariably follows such a diet surgery procedure. It is sensible to consult your GP prior to making a decision with regard to such surgery.