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    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!
    • If necessary, take hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
    • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least 10 days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
    • Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before the operation.
    • 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, surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This is associated with an inpatient stay of 1 to 2 days.
    • A suture pull is not necessary, as self-dissolving sutures are used.
    • The procedure takes approx. 2 hours, depending on the findings.

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

    • Postoperative clinical check-ups are recommended on the 3rd postoperative day and after 1, 2, 6 weeks as well as after 6 and 12 months.
    • Showering is possible immediately before the wound check from the 3rd postoperative day.
    • 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.
    • Sport, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
    • Consistent sun protection (sun protection factor 50+) for 6 months is recommended.

    Author’s statement

    Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.

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