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Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery

Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery

Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryEvery year thousands of people undergo arm lift plastic surgery with successful results. The procedure should be preceded by thorough preparation to ensure a safe and comfortable surgery as well as speedy recovery. Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing arm lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

 

Advance Preparation

At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will provide detailed instructions regarding preparation for the arm lift procedure. The following key points will normally be a part of the advance preparation:

  • Quit smoking at least a few weeks prior to the surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
  • Avoid using aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins and herbals that may increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Stay hydrated before and after the surgery as far as possible.
  • Follow the body weight benchmarks or lifestyle changes that the surgeon may recommend to improve the chances of impressive results.
  • Upper arm lift plastic surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient should arrange for someone to drive them home after the procedure and preferably stay overnight for assistance.

 

Preparation for Recovery

Recovery preparations should also be done in advance to ensure a faster and easier recovery:

  • Arrange for several pillows because keeping the arms elevated with pillows and help mitigate swelling and improve comfort.
  • Prepare frozen meals in advance and stock refrigerator with fruits and veggies. Foods should have a high content of lean proteins and low sodium content to support better healing.
  • Arrange for slip-on shoes and clothes that open in front and are not required to be pulled over the head.
  • Apply for leave in advance at the workplace for about one week. If the job involves high physical activity, take time off for two weeks.
  • Complete any urgent household or office tasks prior to the surgery to allow for a comfortable and stress-free recovery. Heavy lifting and vigorous activities will not be allowed for a few weeks after the arm lift surgery.

 

Preparation for the Surgery Day

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes on the day of surgery. Soft tops that open in front and airy sweat pants are preferable.
  • Take medications as prescribed by the surgeon to relieve anxiety and feel comfortable during the procedure.
  • Avoid wearing accessories, piercings, watch, or jewelry in the arms, hands, and other areas.

 

Other Preparatory Aspects

  • If the surgeon has placed temporary drain tubes under the skin in the treated area, carefully learn how to empty the drain and measure the fluid on a daily basis.
  • The arms will most likely be wrapped from the wrist to the armpit in bandages and a compression garment, which should not be removed until the surgeon allows. It will usually be in place for the first 72 hours.
  • Visit the surgeon’s office as per the scheduled post-operative appointments.

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other neighborhoods and cities in this part of the country.


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Your Arm Lift Surgery Consultation

Your Arm Lift Surgery Consultation | Beverly Hills West HollywoodOnce a person has chosen a surgeon for arm lift, the next step will be to schedule a consultation with the surgeon. Consultation will form a vital component of the entire process and lay the foundation for a successful plastic surgery. The patient should actively engage with the surgeon during the consultation, and freely ask questions to address their doubts and concerns.

The surgeon will make use of the consultation opportunity to determine whether an arm lift is an appropriate procedure for the patient or it may have to be combined or replaced with another surgery. Patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive arm lift surgery with dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie.

 

Determining Candidacy

At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will determine whether the patient is suitable candidate for arm lift. They will review the past medical records of the patient, and examine their current health condition. To save time, the patient should ideally bring a complete list of current medications and supplements that they may be using.

The patient should be forthcoming about any existing health concerns or specific lifestyle issues such as smoking or drug use. Certain types of medications and tobacco smoke and increase the risk of complications and inhibit healing. The surgeon will be in a position to anticipate the risks and make appropriate recommendations to the patient for preparation and recovery once they have clear information in all relevant areas.

 

Surgery Planning

During the first appointment, the unique plastic surgery plan for the patient will be developed, which will be tailored to meet their specific needs. The surgeon will examine the patient’s natural shape of the arms, overall body type, skin quality and the degree of skin laxity in the arms. The surgeon may also take photographs and observe the arm as the patient moves it.

These steps will enable the surgeon to create a customized arm lift procedure. The patient will be encouraged to fully participate in the planning process and provide their inputs on every aspect. The surgeon will ask them to discuss their cosmetic goals and aspirations, and try to incorporate in the surgical plan.

The patient will learn about the type of arm lift they will receive, the type of anesthesia that will be used, the estimated recovery process and the expected results of the procedure. The surgeon may present arm lift before and after photos to help the patient develop reasonable expectations.

Testimonials and reviews of the patients who have received arm lift may also be shown to let the patient learn about the procedure from the perspective of another patient. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other cities across the horizon for arm lift surgery.

 

Costs, Payment, and Financing

The patient should feel free to discuss the cost aspects during the initial consultation, and get a clear idea about the estimated costs, including pre- and post-operative expenses. The surgeon or their staff will discuss the payment methods, and may also offer guidance with regard to financing options.


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Arm Lift Surgery Risks and Safety

Arm Lift Surgery Risks and Safety |Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryUpper arm lift surgery may be performed using different techniques, depending on the extent of fat tissue and skin removal involved. In any case, arm lift surgery remains the gold standard for arm rejuvenation and is usually performed without involving any significant complications.

An experienced and prudent surgeon will be able to minimize the risks in arm lift by tailoring the procedure to suit the unique needs of the patient.

However, certain risks are unavoidable in any surgical procedure. During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will discuss these potential risks and complications to help the patient make a well-considered decision. Patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive arm lift surgery from experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie.

 

Potential Complications

Some of the potential problems that are associated with any major surgical procedure, including arm lift surgery include:

  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Seroma or hematoma, which is an accumulation of fluid or blood beneath the skin that may need to be removed
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Extended period of numbness in the incision areas or altered sensation
  • Allergic reaction
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome, necessitating a revision surgery

The surgeon will give appropriate post-surgical care instructions and guide the patient about how to look for any signs of abnormality. The patient should seek prompt medical attention or get in touch with the surgeon’s office if they experience any serious or persistent concerns during recovery.

 

Risk Reduction

Patients should be aware that most of the potential complications are infrequent in case of arm lift cosmetic surgery, and severe complications are particularly rare. However, it is still vital to take steps to minimize the risks and diligently follow the advice of the surgeon, both before and after the arm lift procedure.

To begin with, the patient should select a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon. These surgeons will assess the patient’s medical condition and past health records to identify potential risk factors. A customized surgical plan will be formulated on that basis to minimize risk.

The patient should be upfront with the surgeon during the initial consultation about disclosing their health issues, lifestyle problems such as smoking, and inform about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs that they may be currently using. They should also be prepared to following the surgeon’s preparatory and post-op guidelines for safety.

 

Temporary Side Effects

Short-term side effects of arm lift surgery commonly include:

  • Mild pain and discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Feeling of tightness in incision areas
  • Numbness or tingling sensation

These symptoms will usually dissipate in a few days without requiring any specific treatment.

 

Mitigating Side Effects

The surgeon may prescribe pain medications for a few days and advise the patient to take adequate rest. Proper use of compression bandages will also help. Judicious and accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other cities in this part of The Golden State for arm lift surgery.

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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps | Beverly HillsBrachioplasty or arm lift plastic surgery is a procedure designed to improve the contours of the upper arms and tighten the loose skin and muscles. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the steps involved the procedure, and address their questions and concerns related to the surgery.

Brachioplasty is usually completed in about one to two hours, and the procedure steps may slightly vary depending on the type of technique used. Proven and astute cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brachioplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other neighborhoods across the landscape.

 

Anesthesia or Sedation

Once the patient is ready to be operated for arm lift, the first step will be to administer anesthesia or sedation. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, the surgeon will choose general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist, which may remain present throughout the surgery to monitor patient’s response.

If IV sedation is used, it will induce a ‘twilight sleep’. The patient will be technically conscious, but not properly aware of the procedure and will typically not remember anything once the surgery is over.

 

Incision Placement

Once the patient is under the effect of anesthesia, the surgeon will create markings on the elbows, arms and armpits according to the pre-determined arm lift cosmetic surgery plan. The type of arm lift surgery technique and the extent of surgery to be performed will determine the length, location, and direction of the incision lines.

The goal of the surgeon will be to keep the incisions discreetly placed so that subsequent scarring is minimally visible. In some cases, the incisions may be entirely concealed within the armpits, or may extend down the inside of the arms in the most discreet locations possible.

 

Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Depending on the presence of stubborn fatty tissue in the upper arm area, the surgeon may use liposuction as an adjunct procedure to eliminate excess fat. Tumescent technique may be used to suction out the unwanted fat in a less invasive manner through the incisions.

Excess skin will then be trimmed away, and the incisions will be brought together to create a smoother and firmer arm contour. Finally, the remaining skin will be smoothly re-draped over the new arm contour. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for arm lift surgery.

 

Wound Closure

Once the arm lift surgery is completed the, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with an aim to minimize scarring and enable faster healing. The sutures may be placed under the skin, where they will be gradually absorbed by the body.

The surgeon will then apply a sterile dressing to cover the incisions and place a compression garment. Temporary drain tubes may be placed beneath the skin in the incision areas for a few days.

The patient will be brought out of anesthesia and moved to an observation area for a few hours. Most patients can return home the same day of the surgery.


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