Contemplating Armplasty/Modified Armplasty
Armplasty (arm lift) surgery is for men and women unhappy with excess sagging skin that droops downward. Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through diet and/or exercise.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton, your areas of concern and surgery options will be discussed. Depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed to achieve the desired result, you may be a candidate for a traditional Armplasty or a Modified Armplasty. Often Curve Liposuction is added to an Armplasty surgery for additional shape and balance.
About the Procedure
Armplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery facility. The Traditional Armplasty scar runs along the inside of the arm from the armpit to as far as the elbow. In general, you can estimate the length of scar as 3xs longer than every inch of skin removed. For patients needing or desiring less skin removed, the Modified Armplasty offers a smaller incision that runs laterally inside the armpit and extends minimally into the upper arm about an inch.
What to Expect After Surgery
The smoother, tighter contours that result from Armplasty surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Armplasty patients report minimal pain, bruising or swelling. After surgery your arm(s) may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize any swelling. Internal sutures dissolve and you may shower the next day.
After surgery, any activities that would increase heart rate or blood pressure are strictly prohibited. This would include exercise, lifting, sex, climbing stairs, intense stress, and walking other than getting from point A to B. Many normal activities may resume after two weeks or as instructed by Dr. Anton. Running, fast walking, lifting weights or any other form of exercise are not advised until after 4 weeks or as instructed by Dr. Anton.