Your Seattle arm lift surgery will take place in our state-licensed surgery center. An anesthesiologist will administer either a general anesthesia (for a deeper sleep) or a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. You will be monitored at all times throughout surgery and recovery to ensure your safety and comfort. An overnight hospital stay will not be necessary.
Dr. Sajan will make incisions to the inside or back area of your upper arm, and the length of the incision may run from your underarm (axilla) area to your elbow. The length of your incisions will be determined, in part, on your particular condition. For example, if you have minimal sagging skin and good elasticity, you may only require a very small incision hidden within the armpit. Conversely, if you have a large amount of excess volume to address, Dr. Sajan will likely create an incision that begins in your armpit and extends down your arm, so that he can remove as much extra skin as possible. Through those openings, he may remove the excess fat using an excision method or liposuction procedure, before reshaping and tightening the supportive tissues with a series of internal sutures. The skin will then be smoothed over your newly-contoured arms and the incisions will be closed.
After the final suturing, your arms will be bandaged and you may also need to wear a compression garment to help minimize post-surgery swelling. You can help facilitate your healing process by carefully following Dr. Sajan's post-surgery instructions on caring for the surgical sites, using oral and/or topical medications as prescribed, and keeping your follow-up appointments. Dr. Sajan will include important information on scar management with your recovery instructions. He may also recommend massage to help minimize the appearance of the scar lines.
The results of your arm lift procedure should be noticeable almost immediately. However, you may also experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and possible seepage of blood or fluid. Scarring along the incision line takes approximately two weeks to heal. Though all of our patients will have a unique experience, you can expect to return to your normal daily activities within approximately two weeks and your exercise regimen and other vigorous activities within about four to six weeks.