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How does an upper arm lift work?

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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 extra skin and fat. This procedure takes two to four hours and is done on an outpatient basis, meaning no overnight stay. Still, it's major surgery. 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.

SOURCES: Christopher K. Livingston, MD, assistant professor of plastic surgery, University of Texas, Houston. WebMD Medical Reference from "The Plastic Surgery Sourcebook."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 03, 2018

SOURCES: Christopher K. Livingston, MD, assistant professor of plastic surgery, University of Texas, Houston. WebMD Medical Reference from "The Plastic Surgery Sourcebook."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 03, 2018

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