RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
An arm lift poses various risks, including:
- Scarring. Incision scars from an arm lift are permanent, but typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible. Rarely, incisions can result in raised, red scars. Injections of a corticosteroid medication or other treatments might be used to improve the appearance of scars.
- Asymmetry in the shape of your arms. This could occur as a result of changes during the healing process. Also, surgery might not successfully correct pre-existing asymmetry.
- Changes in skin sensation. During an arm lift, the repositioning of your arm tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves. You'll likely feel some temporary numbness.
- Problems with stitches. Stitches used to secure the arm's new shape might work their way to the surface of the skin and need to be removed. This can cause inflammation of the affected skin. As a result, you might need additional surgery.
Like any other type of major surgery, an arm lift poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
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