After substantial weight loss one often ends up with excess loose skin around the upper arms and /or thighs.
An arm lift is a very common operation and a good solution for excess skin in the lower part of the upper arms.
Skin can be weak and overstretched because of weight loss or ageing.
Sometimes this skin can even become an obstacle for comfortable movements, but it is mainly for cosmetic reasons that an armlift is carried out.
The armlift takes place under general anaesthetic and lasts for about two hours. The excess skin is removed. In order to remove sub skin fat tissue as well this cosmetic surgery is sometimes carried out in combination with liposculpture. The scar runs from the armpit down to the elbow along the inner part of the upper arm.
The dressing on the wound will need to stay in place for two weeks. After two weeks it will be removed together with the stitches. Arms need to rest for about 4 weeks. After this you can do everything as normal. Even though the greatest care is taken when closing the wound, scars will remain visible. They will become less so, but this can take up to one to two years. During this time you are advised to protect the scar from the sun.
To encourage healing you can opt for endermology treatment (LPG) which will speed up the process of the skin becoming more firm and more beautiful after the thigh lift.