1. What is it?
Skin sags as a natural consequence of the ageing process. Arms and thighs, in particular, tend to lose their muscle tone and firmness and the layers of muscle and fat become thinner. An arm or thigh lift can help to restore and tighten these areas, giving you a firmer, more youthful look and enabling you to wear tighter clothing or swimwear with confidence.
2. What does the procedure involve?
In the arm lift, incisions are made along the inner arm, extending from the armpit to the elbow. The length of the scar will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed to achieve your requirements. The skin and fat are then separated from the underlying muscle and excess skin and fat is carefully removed.
In thigh lift surgery, an incision is made along the groin, which may extend from the front towards the back. Excess skin is then carefully removed.
3. What are the risks and likely effects?
Cosmetic Surgery, like any other surgery, involves a “trauma” to the human body and there are risks associated with any procedure. Each person’s body is different, and your general health, level of fitness, age and genetic profile will all have an effect on the speed of healing and also on the risk of side-effects.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight and/or take drugs for medical or other reasons, the risk of complication during and after surgery can be greatly increased. Smoking, in particular, is discouraged because it increases the risk both of infection, wound healing problems and thrombosis (blood clots).
After any surgery it is normal for all patients to experience swelling, bruising, tiredness and numbness. This decreases gradually in the days and weeks afterwards. A smaller number may also encounter infection and/or some bleeding around the scar area. Infection can be treated with antibiotics, though this can delay the healing process somewhat.
4. What will happen after the operation?
Your surgeon will see you when you have come around from the anaesthetic to check that all is well, and will discharge you providing you are fit to return home. You will be given medication and full post-operative instructions along with appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time. A firming garment is applied for 2-4 weeks. There is limited mobility for the first 1-2 weeks.
Week 1 – 2
You will see our nurse after 7-10 days so that she can check your progress. Sutures may need to be removed.
Weeks 8 – 12
You will see your surgeon once more at between 8 and 10 weeks after your operation for a full post-operative consultation.
5. Full Post-Operative cover
We’re confident that you will be delighted with the results. For that reason, we guarantee that we will provide post-operative cover for a full three years after your procedure. It’s our way of ensuring that you have peace of mind and confidence in Linia.
6. Period of reflection
Cosmetic surgery is a purely elective procedure and careful consideration should be given to both the potential benefits and the risks, before making a decision to proceed. Linia recommends that, following consultation with your surgeon, you allow a period of at least fourteen days before making a decision.