Age and large weight loss can unfortunately lead to sagging tissue on the upper arm which shows as a bag of flesh on the lower side of the upper arm when the arm is extended outward (commonly known in the UK as Bingo Wings or Bat Wings). This minor defect can be corrected by removing skin and subcutaneous tissue but surgery does leave a noticeable scar. Body scars never fade to the same extent as those on the face and, since the real goal for most patients is short-sleeved shirts, it is generally worth the trade-off for most patients.
What does Arm Lift Surgery Involve?
Surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and the procedure which takes 1 to 2 hours and the patient is hospitalized from 1 to 2 days. Post-operative discomfort is minimal.
What can I expect from an Arm lift?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they can wear the clothes they want, especially short sleeved tops. Therefore in most cases giving a new-found confidence.
Recovery after an Arm Lift Procedure
What will happen in the recovery period?
Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a tight feeling in the arms. Normally, your stitches will be removed within a week after surgery, though deeper sutures aren’t removed until two or three weeks after. You may also wear a support garment for few weeks to reduce swelling and will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. Most of the swelling will disappear after three weeks or so. You should avoid strenuous activity for a month or so.
What is the recovery time from Arm Lift surgery?
Depending on the individual patient recovery times will vary. Most patients are able to go back to work two/three weeks after surgery. Four to five post-operative office visits are required.