If you make an appointment you can nearly always count on Dr. Karim receiving you within 2 weeks.
The procedure can usually be performed within two weeks of the admission interview.
After the surgery, you should relax for six weeks and make little effort with your arms.
Two weeks after the surgery you will come back for us to see your progress and remove the stitches.
You will come back for a final checkup three months after the operation.
Before the operation
Because you cannot drive home after an operation (no car or bicycle), it is important to make travel arrangements.
Do you use blood-thinning drugs? Please let us know if you do. Ask the doctor from whom you get the prescription and find out if you can temporarily stop treatment. Your doctor will tell you how many days before the operation you should or can stop taking the blood-thinning drug. Dr. Karim wants to ensure this is possible in order to avoid unnecessary risks.
Fever or flu the day before the operation? Contact Dr. Karim to decide if the operation can be performed or should be postponed.
Cosmetics and personal care products
We understand that you always want to look your best, but on the day of surgery you cannot use skin care products or makeup.
You may feel nervous about the operation, but you can’t drink alcohol the day before (or on the day itself, of course!)! Drinking alcohol increases the chances of subsequent bleeding of the wound.
Signing of the consent form
Before the surgery, you will sign the arm treatment plan.
During the operation
We may have to remove your excess fat.
Removal of excess skin
Operating time: about 1.5 hours
After the operation
We will put a pressure dressing on your arms. You must keep it on for a week even at night.
You will have a follow-up visit one week after the operation. We will remove the compressive bandage. You will need to wear a new type of elastic bandage for six weeks.
After the first checkup, your can wet your wounds in the shower.
The first few days your arms and surrounding area will feel sore. This will last a maximum of two weeks.
If necessary, you can take two 500 mg paracetamol tablets four times a day.
In an arm operation, resorbable stitches are applied.
Take at least two weeks rest and avoid overexertion, such as bending over and lifting heavy objects.
An arm lift operation is a safe procedure.
Risks inherent to any operation
Subsequent bleeding, infection, fluid retention, thromboembolism, slow healing and/or unsightly scarring.
Blue marks for a period that may last four weeks after the operation, a unsightly scar and permanent local numbness.
Opening of the wound
The wound may open if the patches or stitches are removed prematurely. Do not touch the patches or stitches until the follow-up appointment.
An arm lift is a treatment with a lasting result; the final result can be assessed approximately one year after the intervention.
As with any double-sided surgery, absolute symmetry cannot be guaranteed.
Passage of time
Because of your weight changes or pregnancy, your arms may also change over time.