When can I go back to work following an arm lift?

After an arm lift your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. I usually would advise patients to leave 2 weeks before returning to work although this does vary depending on each individual.

When can I fly following an arm lift?

For all general anaesthetics I would recommend not flying for 4 weeks following any surgery requiring general anaesthetic. In certain scenarios it may be possible to fly sooner than this but the risks and complications e.g. DVT are increased if one flies sooner following a general anaesthetic. The risks are reduced if one wears thrombembolic stockings, drink plenty of fluids, mobilise during the flight and are only going on a short flight bit flying within 4 weeks is not recommended and patients wishing to fly before this should weigh up the pros and cons and alternatives.

What is a seroma?

A seroma is a collection of fluid. It occurs following all types of surgery and is uncommon following arm lifts. If present it can cause excessive swelling and occasionally it is necessary to drain the seroma. I use a technique that limits seroma formation and I usually do not to use drains. I use internal tissue glue that helps to prevent seroma formation and it is very rare with these preventative measures to encounter seromas.

Is there a disruption in sensation following an arm lift?

There will always be a disruption in sensation following an arm lift. It can take months for this sensation to return. It is uncommon to have permanent sensory loss and massage in the postoperative phases can help.

I have lost a lot of weight and need to have surgery on a number of areas. Can I have an arm lift in combination with other surgical procedures?

Yes it is possible to combine an arm lift procedure with other surgical rejuvenation procedures. One needs to consider how you will mobilise after surgery and what help you may need postoperatively before deciding on multiple procedures.

How much does an arm lift cost?

The cost of an arm lift depends on what result you wish to achieve and the extent of the fat and skin excess. It is also dependent on the amount of liposuction required. A consultation will help to determine what type of arm lift is best for you. You will always be able to discuss the cost of surgery after a consultation.

I have excess skin of my arms but the excess extends all the way past the elbow. What can be done?

Excess skin can be removed but one needs to place scars in the areas where the skin needs to be removed. It is best to avoid scars that pass over joints and in the arm scars that extend over the elbow are prone to cause contracture and often these scars can rub and be troublesome. Certainly an arm lift with scars starting just above the elbow crease are tolerated best and give good results. It is sometimes possible to remove skin of the forearm by a separate scar below the elbow to the wrist but this may not be in your best interest. It is important to discuss the pros and cons of these different options at a consultation

Can I improve the scars following arm-lifting surgery?

The scars following arm lift surgery are variable and depend on the extent of surgery. Simple techniques such as massage can help and I generally recommend Vitamin E cream. It is best to massage the scars once the scars have healed. It is reported that silicone can help soften scars and silicone can be provided as gel sheeting, silicone gel or silicone strips. It is uncommon for abnormal scars to form but often it can take a year or so for the scars to fade. It is extremely rare to need to perform a scar revision following arm lifting.

Can I drive following an arm lift?

Driving is an insurance related question and if you are able to perform an emergency stop then you are able to drive. In my practice I would always review patients after one week to determine whether they could drive. The extent of surgery will ultimately determine your recovery. Presuming all your wounds are healing satisfactorily most patients are able to drive after 2 weeks – although this is variable depending on the individual and the wound healing.