Arm lift in Iran: All you need to know
Arms are crucial parts of the human body. They are essential in most daily activities, from assisting you in things as fundamental as eating to romantic ones like hugging, and less important ones such as shaking hands or scratching your back—or somebody else’s.
Not only do arms have functional importance but they also are key in physical attractiveness in both men and women. Muscular arms (especially the upper part) are seen as a sign of fitness in men — and even women — and thin upper arms are frown upon. There is a third scenario: saggy skin of underarm or in informal language ‘bat wings’.
Drooping skin is even more annoying and awful than skinny arms, making the arms ugly-looking and embarrassing. For people with excessive fat or loose skin on the back of their upper arms, wearing short-sleeved clothes becomes a nightmare.
What causes saggy arm skin?
Loose skin of the arms is usually caused by aging or mass weight loss. As the skin of the arm does not have enough elasticity, it fails to shrink back to fit the reshaped arms after weight loss.
How to get rid of flabby arms?
Chances are you’ve seen some of those omnipresent “x effective ways to tone flabby arms,” and “best home exercise to get rid of bat wings quickly” articles on the internet, but the fact is that these exercise-based solutions aren’t as quick and effective as their writers claim are.
In fact, if your flabby arms are caused by excess fat deposits, it may be possible to slim them down with dieting and exercising in parallel with your overall body, but if because of significant weight loss or aging your arm skin has lost its elasticity and began to droop, exercise and diet will no longer work. Experts are of the opinion that sagging skin is unlikely to be corrected by exercise or medication.
The good news is that with today’s medical technologies and new surgical techniques, you can effortlessly get your flabby arms toned and reshaped. The cosmetic surgery addressing loose arm skin is called arm lift or brachioplasty.
What is arm lift surgery?
Arm lift is a type of cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and drooping skin on the upper arms, between the armpit and the elbow, to improve the appearance of the arm and give it a new contour.
Arm lift surgery options
There are a few types of brachioplasty procedures, which are chosen depending on the extent of sagging underarm skin and fat and skin quality. Your surgeon discusses with you the pros and cons of each arm lift method prior to surgery and the right option will be selected based on your anatomy and preferences.
Arm lift with liposuction
If you’ve got stubborn fat under your arms and your arm skin has enough elasticity to fit tightly around the tissues after the fat has been removed, arm liposuction is a good option, without having to get incisions on your arms.
Mini arm lift (limited-incision brachioplasty)
If you have just developed some loose skin close to your armpit due to moderate weight loss or the aging process, a mini upper arm lift is best suited for you. In a min arm lift, a short incision is made under your arm to remove the excess skin.
Full arm lift (standard brachioplasty)
If you have a large amount of droopy skin with poor elasticity on your upper arms, either because you have gone through a significant weight loss or your aging process has affected your skin, a standard upper arm lift or full arm lift is the best option. In a standard brachioplasty, an incision is made along the inner side of your upper arm, extending from near the armpit down to the elbow.
Extended arm lift
An extended brachioplasty is similar to a standard arm lift, but the incision is longer, extending down on the body to include loose skin above your flanks along the side of the chest wall. This type of arm lift is done for people who have lost an extremely large amount of weigh in a short time, such as those who have lost weight after gastric bypass surgery.
It should be noted that using liposuction and one of the incisional techniques simultaneously is very common in a brachioplasty procedure, which provides the most ideal result for people who have both excess fat pockets and loose skin.
Am I a candidate for arm lift surgery?
You can consider a brachioplasty if you have one of these problems:
- You have lost a lot of weight and are left with redundant sagging skin on your arms that resemble bat wings
- You have the same problem due to aging
- You have excess fat deposits on your upper arms that don’t respond to diet and exercise and you want to get rid of them immediately
- You have a relatively stable weight and are not significantly overweight
- You have good health with no medical condition that impairs healing
- You have a positive outlook and have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
What to expect before arm lift surgery?
You will have a pre-operative consultation with your arm lift surgeon to discuss a number of issues. You should be prepared to answer some questions such as:
- Do you have any medical condition or drug allergy?
- Have you had any medical or cosmetic surgery before?
- Do you take any medications or vitamin/herbal supplements?
- Do you smoke, drink, or take any recreational drug?
- What is your desired outcome? Why are you having an arm lift procedure?
Your brachioplasty surgeon may also:
- Examine your arms and skin to see what technique is best suited for you
- Take photos of your arms to be used for analysis before and during the surgery and/or for your medical record
- Evaluate your risk factors and overall health
- Discuss your options, anesthesia, likely outcomes, and potential complications
You are strongly advised to stop blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and one week following the surgery to reduce the risk of bruising and hematoma. You also need to avoid herbal medication and diet pills at least two weeks before surgery and one week after it.
What to expect during brachioplasty?
Typically, an arm lift is done under general anesthesia. In some cases, the doctor may apply IV sedation. When you are sedated using sedatives, you are medically conscious during the operation but you are not fully aware of what is going on and you will not remember it after the procedure.
Keep in mind that you should let your doctor know all your medical history and health issue prior to the operation so that he/she could choose the best method for anesthesia.
An arm lift surgery is typically expected to be as follows:
- The surgeon makes marks on your upper arm according to which the incisions will be made
- The surgeon applies anesthesia, either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your preferences or his/her recommendation
- If liposuction is also needed, the surgeon does a liposuction procedure
- The surgeon makes the necessary incisions based on the extent of excess fat and skin
- After the surgeon removes the excess skin and fat and creates a new contour for the arm, he/she closes the incision and stitches it up with absorbable sutures.
- A sterile dressing and a compression garment will be applied on your incisions and a drain may be placed to drain any excess fluid or blood.
- You will stay in the recovery room for around one hour until getting well enough to go home.
Arm lift surgery recovery and aftercare
Immediately after the operation, you are not expected to move your arms upwards. You might experience some swelling and bruising for 1-2 weeks after your surgery, which will fade away gradually. In order to reduce the postoperative pain, you are recommended to take oral painkillers for a few days. During the first few days after surgery, do not engage in intense physical activities and activities that require moving your arms.
Be sure to ask whatever questions you have regarding your recovery period, including:
- When should I get the bandage/dressing removed?
- Do I need to get stitches removed?
- When should I come back for follow-up care?
- When can I resume my normal activities and return to work?
- What medications should I take or not take?
Complications and side effects of arm lift surgery
In rare cases, some patients might develop some complications like swelling, bruising, discomfort, tightness, tingling, numbness, adverse reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, seromas, and loss of sensation. The side effects will typically subside over the course of time.
Immediately call your doctor if you experience one of the following symptoms after arm lift surgery?
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Skin Redness
Brachioplasty in Iran: why should have an arm lift surgery in Iran?
The vast skill and experience of Iranian cosmetic surgeons, coupled with low healthcare costs in Iran, is the biggest reason people from various countries are increasingly showing a willingness to travel to the country for their cosmetic/medical treatment.
Iran also enjoys modern hospitals and clinics equipped with cutting-edge medical technologies and highly-trained and experienced specialists and paramedical staff, prepared to provide patients with first-class services. Many Iranian hospitals boast International Patients Departments (IPDs) specially equipped to provide VIP services to international patients.
Besides, Iran is a great country to visit. The hospitable people of Iran welcome tourists with open arms and treat them in the friendliest manner. People visiting Iran are often surprised upon arriving in Iran, for they see a country far different than the negative impression they had in mind, quite the opposite of the negative image constantly being promoted by the media.
In short, by planning a trip to Iran for an arm lift, you will kill two birds with one stone. With almost half the price you would spend for this service in the US or Europe, you can embark on an Iranian tour to both visit the many attractions of the beautiful country and get your arms reshaped and fit.
Arm lift cost in Iran
Prices for brachioplasty in Iran vary based on doctors, clinics, and the extent of the problem. On average, an arm lift procedure costs between $1500 and $3500 in Iran, which includes all related costs, such as anesthesia, medicines, clinic and doctor fee, etc.
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