The amount of skin and fat to be removed is assessed by the surgeon and marked on the inside of the upper arms.
Anesthesia is administered and incisions are made. After that excess fat is removed through liposuction.
The idea is to place the resultant scar in the most invisible position. In this way, even without sleeves the scar is not visible from front or back in a social encounter.
However, the scar will be visible in the raised arms position.
The recovery period of arm lift surgery is short. After the surgery, the initial pain and swelling will subside in two to three weeks. You will be given pain medications to deal with pain. Also, you will have to wear a compression garment for a few days. Strenuous exercises must also be avoided for almost 10 days to two weeks.
The general complications include infection and bleeding but they are not so common.
Swelling and bruising are a part of the surgery and will subside in due course of time.
Thick, wide or pigmented scars are potential complications which are undesirable in arm lift surgery.