Information on Arm and Thigh Lift Surgery

Losing weight is such an achievement – so don’t let the loose skin that is left behind leave you with a lack of confidence and self-esteem

If you have lost a substantial amount of weight but are unhappy with the way your arms or thighs look then you are not alone. For many people, losing that unwanted weight is such a joy, however, that is often then overshadowed by the excess skin that is left behind.

Once the skin has been stretched due to weight gain, natural growth or pregnancy, stretch marks can appear and if the weight is then lost at a dramatic rate the skin may struggle to shrink back into place instead hanging in loose folds from certain areas of the body.

Thigh and arm lift surgery is performed to remove this excess skin to leave the thigh and arm area tight and smooth, giving you the body confidence you deserve.

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Benefits include being able to enjoy the body that you have worked so hard to achieve without the embarrassment of loose skin. You can wear clothes which are more figure revealing such as swimwear and clothes you had never dared imagine wearing before.

With your skin appearing tighter and more youthful you will feel happier and no longer be intimidated by places such as the beach and the gym. Your newly found confidence will dramatically improve your daily life.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the areas of concern with a pen in preparation for your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions and concerns that you may have.

THIGH LIFT

Thigh lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes between two and three hours to complete. To perform the surgery your surgeon will make an incision around the top of the thigh (near the groin) before pulling the excess skin upwards, stitching it into its new position and trimming the excess.The result is smooth thighs that will show the results of your weight loss and give you the confidence to wear summer clothing, swimwear and underwear proudly. The incisions are designed to be hidden by clothing and sportswear or to lie in normally occurring anatomic folds.

GOING HOME AFTER THIGH LIFT SURGERY

Your plastic surgeon will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work and when you will be able commence normal activities. It is important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic for your follow-up checks to ensure that everything is healing properly.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post-surgery appointment to care for your wound and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well. You will have your own personal nurse counsellor  at Profile Perfection both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

RECOVERY FROM THIGH LIFT SURGERY

As with most cosmetic surgery procedures it is completely normal to experience swelling to the area, as well as some bruising and this will go down two to three weeks after surgery. In addition most patients feel tightness in their thighs which is completely normal and this sensation will reduce at the same time as the swelling and bruising.

Your stitches will be removed approximately seven days after the surgery and you will be advised to avoid exercise for a month to give your thighs time to fully recover. You will also be advised to take one to two weeks off work.

ARM LIFT

Arm lift it is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes between two and three hours to complete. To perform the surgery your surgeon will make an incision that extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest.

The result is smooth arms that show the results of your weight loss and give you the confidence to wear summer clothing, swimwear and underwear proudly. The incisions are designed to be hidden by clothing and sportswear or to lie in normally occurring anatomic folds.

GOING HOME AFTER ARM LIFT SURGERY

Your plastic surgeon will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work and when you will be able commence normal activities. It is important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic for your follow-up checks to ensure that everything is healing properly.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post-surgery appointment to care for your wound and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well. You will have your own personal nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

RECOVERY FROM ARM LIFT SURGERY

As with most cosmetic surgery procedures it is completely normal to experience swelling to the area, as well as some bruising but this will go down two to three weeks after surgery.

In addition most patients feel tightness in their arms which is completely normal and this sensation will reduce at the same time as the swelling and bruising.

Your stitches will be removed approximately seven days after the surgery and you will be advised to avoid exercise for a month to give your arms time to fully recover. You will also be advised to take one to two weeks off work.

Will arm and thigh lift surgery be painful?

Post-operative pain is subjective and will vary considerably from person to person. The average patient undergoing an upper arm and thigh reduction procedure will usually require a few days of oral pain medication to treat discomfort. Over a 7 to 10 day period most people resolve the majority of their acute post-operative pain.

Will there be scarring undergoing arm lift surgery?

Upper arm reduction involves the removal of skin and necessitates the creation of a scar that starts near the elbow, traverses to the arm pit, and often crosses onto the chest wall. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes a year to complete.

Some surgeons prefer to place the upper arm reduction scar on the inner arm aspect so that it is not visible when the patient’s arm is by their side. Other surgeons prefer to place the scar a bit more towards the back of the arm so that it is not visible from the front, especially when the patient is observed from the front while moving the arm.

How long does the treatment take?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear a supportive garment?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk you through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so that the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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