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Arms, Thigh, and Buttock Lifts

If you're considering plastic surgery to "lift" your arms, thighs, or buttocks, this article will tell you what the procedures involve and what the risks and benefits are.

Each procedure involves surgery to remove excess skin and reshape the area, leaving only an inconspicuous scar. Each procedure is major surgery requiring extensive recovery. But the results typically are dramatic. Though the results are permanent, you'll still need a healthy diet and exercise to maintain them. In some cases, a touch-up procedure may be needed.

The Upper Arm Lift

For an arm lift, a plastic surgeon makes a cut under the inner arm -- from elbow to armpit -- where a scar is less likely to be noticeable later. Then, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat. This procedure takes two to four hours and is done on an outpatient basis, meaning no overnight stay. .

For the first 10 to 14 days after an arm lift, your arms will be quite swollen. You will need to wear supportive wraps for up to six weeks while the swelling improves. The surgical site can take up to one year to fully heal.

Are There Any Side Effects or Complications of an Arm Lift?

There will be some temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness, but this usually disappears in time. The large arm scars will fade over time with the help of scar creams, massage, and silicone tape, but they will never completely go away. For some people, the scars can be noticeable.

In rare cases, bleeding, infection, fluid build-up, permanent numbness of the inner arm, and asymmetry of the arms can occur.

The Thigh Lift

During a thigh lift, a surgeon makes a cut on the upper and inner thigh and removes excess fat and skin. The surgeon also often does liposuction before, during, or after the procedure. People usually get a thigh lift on an outpatient basis, meaning they don't need to stay overnight. But ask your doctor ahead of time. Some doctors prefer their patients to stay in the hospital overnight. The surgery takes up to four hours.

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