How is the Arm Lift procedure performed?
An Arm Lift in Thailand is generally an outpatient procedure. The procedure takes one to two hours, but may take longer depending on the extent of the surgery and any additional procedures, such as liposuction, that are performed at the same time. Arm Lift can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. In any case, you’ll sleep through the operation.
To perform the surgery, your plastic surgeon will make incisions on the inside or back of your arm. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow, depending on the amount of excess skin. Some people who have lost a significant amount of weight following bariatric surgery may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit, and onto the side of the chest.
Before the incision is made, your plastic surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat. Excessive skin is then removed, tightened and sutured into place with deep sutures that are absorbable. Your surgeon may also use sutures in the skin that will need to be removed within one to two weeks after surgery.
Your surgeon may recommend a combination of liposuction and body lift procedures to achieve an improved overall contour. Support sutures deep within the skin help form your newly shaped contours. Overall skin reduction may be done in stages, over a period of years, as often only one or two areas of the body are addressed at one time.