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Armlifting

Tight upper arms with an arm lift

You don’t put on clothes without sleeves anymore? Will your tops stay in the closet? Do you always wear long sleeves because you are ashamed of your arms? That is no longer necessary with an arm lift. Skin slackens due to weight loss and aging, also around the arms. Sometimes this results in flaps of skin under the upper arms. An arm lift is a relatively simple procedure to get rid of these flaps forever.

What happens with an arm lift

The surgeon draws the lines along which he will make the incisions during the operation. He will make an incision in the upper arm to remove excess skin. This means that this operation cannot be done without causing a large scar. Fortunately, our international doctors specialise in minimising scar tissue by suturing not only the top layer of skin but also the layers underneath. After placing the incision, the surgeon loosens the skin from underlying muscle and fat layers and removes excess skin. If necessary, excess fat is sucked away. The wound is then treated with tissue glue and sutured. The operation takes an average of 1 to 2 hours and is usually performed under general anaesthesia. Most patients are allowed to go home a few hours after the operation, depending on the course of the procedure.

The result of an arm lift

Depending on the degree of sagging, the result is tighter skin. With this procedure it is not possible to have a completely tight result. The stitches are applied as much as possible to avoid less visible spots, but the scars remain visible. The final result can only be seen after a year. Because the result can be disappointing, it is good to think carefully beforehand whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The surgeon will be happy to help you make a decision.

Recovery after the arm lift

After the operation, the skin is swollen and you will see bruises. This can be painful, but this pain can be combated well with painkillers. The pressure bandage you wear must remain in place day and night for 3 to 7 days. If you have stopped smoking before the operation, keep this up for a number of weeks. Smoking increases the risk of dying off skin tissue. Limit your physical efforts during the first period, but keep moving to stimulate your blood circulation. You can work fairly quickly after an arm lift, but always consult with the surgeon. The scars will remain red for the first few months, after which the colour will slowly fade away and the scars will take on the colour of the skin. To prevent the scars from appearing ugly against your skin, you should keep them out of the sun for the first year. After one year, moderate sunshine is allowed if you protect the scars with sunburn. A little sun a year after the operation is fine and will stimulate the scars to take on normal skin colour more quickly.

Safety through precautionary measures

Long before your operation takes place, you will receive a document with patient information. This contains a detailed description of the general national advice.
Depending on your health, the surgeon will give you specific advice. Below is a brief summary of the general advice. You will get the best results by taking this into account as much as possible.
Before the operation:
– Stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the operation. This is better for the blood circulation of your skin and it will heal better.
– Consult with the doctor about the medication you are taking. Blood-thinning medicines should probably not be used for a few days before the operation. Consultation about the use of medication such as Marcoumar, Sintrom/Sintrommitis or Asprocardio is important, especially if you are taking medication such as Marcoumar, Sintrom/Sintrommitis or Asprocardio.
– If you are taking Aspirin or aspirin-containing painkillers (Advil, Diclofenac, etc.), we advise you to stop taking aspirin-containing painkillers one week before the operation and to start using them again three days after the operation. During this period you can use painkillers such as Paracetamol and Panadol.
– Start taking Arnica drops two weeks before the operation. This will ensure that the bruises and any swelling disappear more quickly.
– Arrange transport to and from your home before the operation. It is not possible to drive after the operation.
– Arrange for help at home for the first period. Especially the first night we advise you not to be alone.
The day of the operation:
– Do not wear jewellery, watches or piercings.
– Make sure that you do not eat or drink 6 hours before the operation.
– Enjoy a long shower or bath for a while, after the operation you may only take a carefree shower again after a week.
– Tell the person who will pick you up when you can be picked up approximately. This is best estimated by the doctor.
After the operation:
– In consultation with the surgeon, you will be given prescriptions for medication such as painkillers.
– After the operation you will be given a pressure bandage for your arms to prevent excessive swelling and speed up the healing process. These must be worn for at least 3 to 7 days.
– During the first 7 days after the operation, the wounds must absolutely not get wet or be touched. Showering is allowed, but only if the wound area is well covered. After a week you may shower without covering. Do not shower too hot to prevent swelling.
– After the first week you may again make light efforts.
– Depending on the type of work, work is allowed on average after a week. Discuss with your surgeon what his advice is for your work.
– Only after 4 to 6 weeks can you move normally again.
– The stitches will be removed approximately 2 weeks after the operation. In consultation with the surgeon, the next check-up will be scheduled.
– Keep the scars out of the sun as much as possible.

Risks and complications

Every operation has risks and complications. The arm lift is a simple operation, which reduces the risk of complications.

Complications you have to take into account are:

  • Allergic reaction to anaesthetics, disinfectants
  • and plasters 
  • Unsightly recovery of scars (scar correction is possible).
  • Nerve damage.
  • Asymmetrical recovery of the arms.
  • Smoking: death of skin tissue.

The counselling interview

The first step towards tighter arms is a consultation or advisory meeting with our plastic surgeon. This consultation is always free of obligation. You don’t have to decide right away, but you can. The surgeon listens to your wishes and expectations and then looks at the possibilities together with you. Every body is different, for the best advice it is important that the surgeon sees the area you want to adjust. That is why a physical examination may be necessary. Keep this in mind and put on comfortable clothing. If you have photos or pictures of the arms you want, take them with you and show them to the surgeon.

In this way, he can better assess whether your expectations are realistic. It also makes it easier to give the right advice. With an arm lift, the disadvantages are relatively large. Discuss with the doctor whether the advantages are worth the disadvantages.

During the consultation, the surgeon will ask you about your health, but also about your medical history. Tell as much as possible, all the details can be important for your own safety and for achieving the best result. The surgeon will tell you honestly whether in his opinion it is wise to perform the desired procedure and will go through the procedure with you. If it is not wise to opt for an arm lift, he will look for other solutions with you. Take this opportunity to ask about other treatments or wishes you have. Our surgeons can provide you with important information about all our treatments.

Once you have decided which treatments or procedure you want, a care team member will give you the price of the treatment based on the doctor’s advice. It is often possible to make an appointment for the procedure immediately after the consultation.

If you decide to take the next step in your journey to tighter upper arms, you will be given all the important information in a patient information document.

If you still have questions after the consultation, the care team will be happy to help you. You can ask your questions by e-mail or telephone. Appen is also allowed. We will be happy to guide you on your journey to nicer and tighter upper arms.

Rates

Arm Lift vanaf € 2.999,-

Book a free personal consultation with one of our care team specialists via 070 220 2222. During the first medical consultation we will listen to your wishes and assess how realistic they are, what results are possible and what the costs would be.

The second consultation with your chosen surgeon costs € 50 and is then deducted from the cost of the operation(s). Even if you do not go forward and book a treatment with us after the second consultation, you will still have received, for € 50, an extensive and medically sound consultation which will provide you with a lot of information, and a valuable basis for any subsequent steps.

Tight upper arms with an arm lift

Do you no longer wear sleeveless clothes? Do your little tops remain at the back of your cupboard? Do you feel ashamed of your arms and hide them under sleeves? That is no longer necessary after an arm lift. Our skin slackens with weight loss and age and that holds true for the arms as well. You then sometimes end up with "bingo wings" and flappy skin on the upper arms. An arm life is a relatively simple procedure to lose those ungraceful wings forever!

What happens during an arm lift?

The surgeon draws the lines he will follow to make the incisions during the operation. He then makes the incisions in the upper arms to remove the excess skin. This does mean that the operation is impossible without leaving a sizable scar. Thankfully our international doctors are specialized in minimizing scar tissue by not only suturing the upper skin, but also the layers beneath. After the incisions, the surgeon loosens the skin from the muscle and fat and removes the excess skin. Excess fat is also sucked away if necessary. the wound is then treated with tissue glue and sutured. The operation takes around 1 to 2 hours and is usually performed under total anesthesia. Most patients can go home a few hours after the operation.

Arm lift results

The result, depending on the degree of slackening, will be tight upper arms. This intervention however does not deliver a perfectly tight result. The stitches are placed, in as far as possible, in inconspicuous places but the scars do remain visible. The final result will be visible after 1 year. Seen the results may be less than you expected, you should give proper thought to the pros and cons. The surgeon will guide you through this.

Recovery after an arm lift

The skin will be swollen after the operation and there will be bruising. It can be painful but painkillers will provide relief. The compression bandages need to be worn day and night for 3 to 7 days. If you stopped smoking before the operation, keep it up for a few more weeks. Smoking increases the chance of skin breakdown. Restrict your physical activity in the first period but do keep moving to stimulate your blood flow. It is usually possible to return to work quite soon after an arm lift, but consult your surgeon first. The scars will be red for the first few months and will then gradually take on the same color as your skin. Keep the scars out of the sun in the first year. After a year moderate sun is fine but use sun cream. The sun will stimulate the scars to take on your skin color.

Safety through precautionary measures

You will receive, well before your operation, a document with patient information, detailing general national advice.
The surgeon will also give you personalized advice based on your general health status. Below is a short summary of the general advice. It is important to take it into account for the best result.

Before the surgery:

  • Stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the operation. This is better for blood circulation and healing.
  • Discuss any medication you are taking with the doctor. Blood thinning medication should in general not be used for a few days before the operation. If you are taking medication such as Marcoumar, Sintrom/Sintrommitis or Asprocardio, it is crucial youo discuss this with the doctor.
  • If you take Aspirin or aspirin-containing painkillers (Advil, Diclofenac etc.), we advise you to stop taking them one week before the operation and to start again only three days after the operation. During this period you can use painkillers such as Paracetamol and Panadol.
  • Start taking Arnica drops two weeks before the procedure, this will ensure that the bruises and any swelling disappear more quickly.
  • Arrange your drive home in advance. It is forbidden for you to drive after the operation.
  • Arrange someone to help you at home in the first few days after the operation and we recommend someone is at home with you for the first few nights.

The day of the operation:

  • Do not wear jewelry, watches or piercings.
  • Make sure you don't eat or drink 6 hours before the operation.
  • Enjoy a long shower or bath as you will only be able to enjoy a carefree shower one week after the operation.
  • Give the person who is collecting you an approximate time. The doctor will help you estimate this.

After the surgery:

  • After the operation, you will be given prescriptions for medication such as painkillers in consultation with the surgeon.
  • Na de operatie krijg je drukverband om je armen om overmatige zwellingen te voorkomen en het genezingsproces te versnellen. Deze moeten zeker 3 tot 7 dagen gedragen worden.
  • De eerste 7 dagen na de operatie mogen de wonden absoluut niet nat worden of worden aangeraakt. Douchen mag, maar alleen als het wondgebied goed is afgedekt. Na een week mag je douchen zonder afdekking. Douche dan niet te warm om zwellingen te voorkomen.
  • Na de eerste week mag je weer lichte inspanningen verrichten.
  • Werken mag afhankelijk van het soort werk gemiddeld na een week. Overleg met je chirurg wat zijn advies is voor jouw werk.
  • Pas na 4 tot 6 weken mag je weer normaal bewegen.
  • Ongeveer 2 weken na de ingreep worden de hechtingen verwijderd. In overleg met de chirurg wordt een volgende controle ingepland.
  • Hou de littekens zoveel mogelijk uit de zon.

Risks and complications

There are risks and complications with each operation. The arm lift is a simple procedure however with reduced chance of complications.

Possible complications are:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia, disinfectant and plasters
    en pleisters
  • ungainly scar (scar correction is a possibility).
  • nerve damage
  • Asymmetric arm recovery
  • Risk of skin breakdown for smokers.

The personal consultation

Your first step towards tighter arms is a personal consultation with our plastic surgeon. This consultation is always free of obligation. You don't have to decide right away, but you can if you so wish. The surgeon will listen to your wishes and expectations and then examine the possibilities with you. Each body is different, which is why it is important for the surgeon to see the area you wish to change in order to offer you the best advice. Keep this in mind and wear easy-fitting clothing. If you have pictures of the arms you wish to have, take them with you and show them to the surgeon who will then be able to assess, based on your wishes and the pictures, whether your expectations are realistic.

This personal consultation resulting in clear advice around your expectations is crucial before you make up your mind. The disadvantages of an arm lift are relatively high. You can then discuss with the surgeon whether the advantages will be worth it.

The surgeon will ask you about your current health, but also about your medical history. Share as much as you can as the details are important for your own safety and for achieving the best results. The surgeon will tell you in all honesty whether he or she thinks it is wise to perform the desired procedure and will walk you through it. Should an arm lift not be the best option, he, he will look at other possibilities with you. Take this opportunity to ask about other treatments or wishes you have. Our surgeons can give you the information you need on all our treatments.

Once you have decided which treatments or procedure you want, the surgeon or a care team member will give you the price of the treatment based on the doctor's advice. It is often possible to make an appointment for the operation immediately after the consultation.

If you decide to take the next step on your journey to tighter arms, you will receive a patient information document with all the important information.

Should you still have questions after the consultation, our care team will be happy to assist you. You can ring, mail or use WhatsApp. We would be delighted to guide you on your journey to more beautiful and tighter upper arms.

Rates

Arm Lift vanaf € 2.999,-

Book a free personal consultation with one of our care team specialists via 070 220 2222. During the first medical consultation we will listen to your wishes and assess how realistic they are, what results are possible and what the costs would be.

The second consultation with your chosen surgeon costs € 50 and is then deducted from the cost of the operation(s). Even if you do not go forward and book a treatment with us after the second consultation, you will still have received, for € 50, an extensive and medically sound consultation which will provide you with a lot of information, and a valuable basis for any subsequent steps.

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