Quick facts

How long is the the surgery?
2-2 ½ hours.

General or local anesthesia?
General anesthesia.

When can I go home?
Most patients go home on the day of surgery, however we can arrange for nursing care the first night if needed.

Not a terribly painful procedure. The arme will feel tight and sore but most patients find the discomfort tolerable and manageable.

When can I shower?
Immediately after the surgery. We put waterproof dressings on the incisions to keep them dry. Patients can normally remove their bandages after 48 hours and wet the wounds. If a drain is used, we typically advise our patients not to shower until the drain is removed around the 5th postoperative day.

We ask our patients to weare a compression garment and to avoid activities involving the upper extremities for the first 4 weeks. At the end of the 8th week, you should be able to do all activities without restriction.

Which procedures can this surgery be combined with?
In massive weight loss patients, an upper arm lift is often combined with a surgery to address the breasts like a breast lift or a breast reduction. Sometimes a little bit of liposuction is suggested to contour the back of the arms.


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