Who is a candidate?
A healthy patient with stable weight over a period of at least 6 months
A patient displeased with excess skin and/or fat in the upper arm
The procedure is performed using IV/conscious sedation or general anesthesia. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, improvements to the upper arm can be made with either direct surgical excision or liposuction alone:
In cases of excess skin, an incision is made in the inside of the upper arm to best conceal its appearance. The incision size depends on the amount of skin which needs to be excised
In cases where liposuction alone can address the patient's concerns, smaller incisions yield nearly imperceptible scars.
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Result: immediate in cases of direct excision; if liposuction alone may take up to 3 months to fully appreciate effect
Pain: Variable. Oral pain medicine may be needed for 4-7 days
Special garment: A compression garment will be placed at time of surgery and should be worn for at least 4 weeks.
Drain removal: Rarely placed; if placed, removed by 1 week
Suture removal: All sutures are dissolvable
Activity/Shower/Driving restriction: Encouraged to walk immediately. May shower 2 days after surgery. May drive when no longer requiring narcotic pain medication. No strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Time off work: Expect to require up to 1 week off of work depending on job demands.
Follow-up: You will be seen in office following surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months, and 6 months or as needed