In today’s day and age almost every part of the body can be enhanced to the person’s private liking. You wish to reduce or augment any body part; the doctor will have an answer. The same goes for an arm lift. If you are unhappy with the saggy skin on your arm, there is a simple surgical answer for it. Let us walk through the procedure of an arm lift and its potential advantages and disadvantages to the patient’s life and lifestyle.
About Arm Lift Procedure
With age, a person may find their arms become flabby as the skin becomes loose and the fat deposits increase. An arm lift allows for the patient to tighten the arm through extraction of the fats and removal of excess skin, hence allowing for a younger looking arm. This may seem like a frivolous thing, but we will see the psychological advantages of an arm lift in the later section
To begin the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision from the elbow all the way to the underarm. This incision allows the doctor to readjust the tissue below the skin to be able to remove the excess skin. Sometimes, the doctor may perform a liposuction in conjunction to the arm lift in case there is excess fat in the upper arm region. The arm is then closed up to leave a thin scar.
Advantages of Arm Lift Surgery
Reducing the saggy skin in the upper arm can help make a person more comfortable with their body. They begin to feel more proportional in terms of their body image. Reduction of the excess skin and flab allows for one to feel more youthful. The skin in the upper arm, after surgery, feels smother and tighter. This too, can add to the overall appreciation for one’s body.
There are also some psychological advantages of getting an arm lift. The body image argument can be used in a psychological perspective whereby the patient feels more confident wearing sleeveless clothes, and more confident with their appearance in general. This may seem like an insignificant reason, but feeling comfortable with your body is the first step to accepting one’s inside beauty.
Disadvantages of Arm Lift Surgery
On the other side of this coin, we see certain drawbacks to getting an arm lift surgery. These drawbacks include risks and complications such as scarring, bleeding, infection and formation of seroma.
As with any surgical procedure, there will always be a risk of infection and subsequent swelling. This can be avoided through regular up keep of the affected area and cleaning of the scars. The swelling will be temporary, but will go down faster if the arm is kept away from infection.
There may also be bleeding that may occur during or after the surgery. Since the surgeon is handling the tissue under the skin, there is a possibility of hitting a nerve and causing serious bleeding during surgery. After surgery, the bleeding may occur if the sutures are weak. To avoid such complications the patient must make sure that they go to a qualified doctor who is skilled in this procedure.
Finally, a major risk involved with this surgery comes in the form of seromas, which are fluids that accumulate along the incision line after surgery. These can be easily removed, but are best to be avoided.