Tight and well formed upper arms

    Upper arm lift

    The slackening of the soft tissue of the skin in the area of the upper arms can have many reasons. The elasticity of the skin decreases over time, especially with genetic predisposition or after noticeable weight loss.

    What is an upper arm lift?

    Surplus and hanging tissue is removed during a lifting operation. In order to tighten the tissue as gently and evenly as possible, the subcutaneous fatty tissue is suctioned off. The contours become slimmer and the skin tighter. The scars are hidden on the inside of the upper arm.

    How can you prepare for an upper arm lift?

    • All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered in advance.
    • Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
    • The intake of hormone-containing medications (pill) may be necessary. temporarily discontinue.
    • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASA, Thomapyrin®) must be at least 10 days before surgery (after consultation with your attending physician).
    • Vitamin preparations (A & E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids or St. John’s wort preparations, etc.) must be taken for at least one month. be discontinued 4 weeks before the procedure.
    • Surgery limits the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel during the 6 weeks after the operation!

    How is an upper arm lift performed?

    • As a rule, the operation is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is associated with an inpatient stay of 1 – 2 days.
    • Since self-dissolving threads are used, no thread traction is necessary.
    • The duration of the operation is about 2 hours, depending on the individual findings.

    What do you need to consider after an upper arm lift?

    • Postoperative clinical check-ups usually start on the 3rd day after surgery. Follow-up appointments take place after 1, 2, 6 weeks as well as after 6 and 12 months.
    • Showering is already possible from the 3rd postoperative day, immediately before the wound check.
    • Previously fitted compression garments should be worn continuously for 6 weeks.
    • Scar care (scar massage, sun protection, silicone overlay) from the 3rd postoperative week onwards helps to create inconspicuous scars.
    • Sports, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least two weeks. 6 weeks should be avoided.
    • Consistent sun protection (sun protection factor 50+) for 6 months is recommended.


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    Dr. med. Stéphane Stahl

    “We provide you with extensive expert knowledge so that we can work with you to select the best possible treatment path.”

    Dr. med. Stéphane steel is the former director of the Clinic for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery / Hand Surgery at the Lüdenscheid Clinic. Dr. Stahl studied medicine at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin. In 2011 he passed the European and 2012 the German specialist examination for plastic and aesthetic surgery. Further specialist qualifications and additional qualifications followed (including quality management, medical didactics, physical therapy, emergency medicine, laser protection officers, hand surgery) as well as prizes and awards. In 2015 he completed his habilitation in plastic and aesthetic surgery in Tübingen. He is an experienced microsurgeon, a sought-after expert and a regular speaker at specialist congresses. After a multi-stage selection process, Stéphane Stahl became a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), one of the world’s largest and most influential specialist societies for aesthetic surgery. His authorship includes numerous articles in respected peer review journals and standard surgical textbooks.

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