As we start to age our skin becomes loose causing our skin to sag; with an arm and thigh lift you can achieve tightening and firmness to these areas leaving you much more confident.
What is an arm and thigh lift?
An arm and thigh lift are procedures designed to eliminate excess skin, therefore achieving tightness and firmness.
How is it done?
For both procedures the skin is removed from the underlying fat and muscle and excess skin is carefully removed.
How long does the operation take?
The procedures takes between one and two hours depending on the complexity.
Should I stop taking any medications?
Yes, you must not take any drugs containing aspirin for two weeks before and after surgery.
Will I be asleep?
This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Normally patients stay in hospital for one or two nights.
Will I have stitches?
Yes, the stitches will be dissolvable.
Where are the scars and how bad are they?
The incision for the arms is made along the inner arm which may extend from armpit to the elbow. The thighs is along the inner thigh which may extend to from the inner knee to the groin. In some cases it the thigh lift may extend to the femoral line and or buttock fold.
What type of dressing will I have?
Sticky tape with elastoplast over the top. You will be advised to wear a properly fitted (corset) garment day and night this helps with the healing.
How long is it left on?
The tape is left on 7-10 days and the garment will be worn for a couple of weeks day and night.
Will I be swollen and bruised?
You will usually get some swelling above the incision line and some bruising.
Will I feel any discomfort?
There will be post operative discomfort. Pain relieving medicine will be given to you after surgery to keep this to a minimum.
Can I bath or shower after the operation?
The taped dressing must be kept dry and remain in place until your stitches have dissolved, which is normally 7-10 days. You can normally return to bathing after the 10th day.
How long does it take to recover?
It takes between 2-4 weeks but sometimes healing may take longer than usual.
When is the final result seen?
At about 3-6 months, although the scar improves over a long period.
How long before I can go back to work?
The decision about when to return to work and resume normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how well you feel. You should mobilise gently within the limits of pain avoiding any physical demanding activities for the first 3 days. You should avoid lifting 3 to 4 weeks and exercise for 6-12 weeks, however, your surgeon will advise you on the appropriate schedule for you.
How do I find out more?
If you are interested in learning more about arm/thigh lift surgery then please telephone on 020 7387 4442 and speak to one of our team who will gladly arrange for you to have a Consultation.