The result is a smoother, more defined look in these regions, and brings a more balanced appearance to the body as a whole.
This procedure is most commonly requested by aging women, and by post-bariatric surgery patients who have lost large amounts of weight in a short amount of time. A more aesthetically pleasing frame can be expected as the effect of either an arm lift or a thigh lift.
The best strategy can be customized to your needs, starting with a consultation with Dr. Brady, and can vary depending on current body anatomy, past procedures, and future goals. These procedures can resolve areas of discomfort and rebuild confidence.
- During the arm lift procedure, the incision is made beneath the arm and can extend from the elbow to the armpit, varying upon how much skin must be removed. The skin is then cut away from the rest of the arm and pulled taut around the extremity.
- The thigh lift procedure requires an incision in the groin area and sometimes extending downward around the back of the thigh, depending on the results desired by the patient. These incisions are placed so that they can be hidden by even swimsuits. An inner (medial) thigh lift may require an incision only in the groin area, and is ideal for patients with a moderate amount of skin and fat in the inner thigh area. An outer (lateral) thigh lift involves an incision stretching from the groin and can often lift the buttocks in addition to the thigh. After the incision is made, the surgeon will tighten the tissues in the area to create a smoother and more toned contour.
RECOVERY / POST-OPERATIVE
An arm lift procedure is very likely to leave a scar that could be noticeable. Most doctors can adjust where they make their incision so that the cut runs either underneath the arm or on the inside surface.
After a thigh lift procedure, patients may experience mild bruising, swelling and soreness. Light labor is generally possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permissible at four to six weeks. All symptoms should be gone and scars maximally faded within six months.