What to Know Before Getting an Arm Lift

A lot of people have a love-hate relationship with their arms. An arm lift is also known as Brachioplasty. It’s a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. During an arm lift, your plastic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from your upper arms, tighten the remaining tissue, and give you a more contoured look. Arm lifts can be done with various techniques depending on how much excess skin is present and how long you want it to take for scars to fade. You should know what to expect after surgery before getting an arm lift procedure done. Here are some crucial facts about arm lifts.

1. Arm lift surgery isn’t for everyone

The results of an arm lift may not be what you imagined or hoped for because it’s difficult to predict how much skin will be removed during surgery based on measurements alone. It’s important to understand that your plastic surgeon cannot guarantee that your arms will look like they did before weight loss or aging-caused stretching, but they can give you an estimate based on their experience with other patients who had similar issues with excess skin around their arms. Sometimes liposuction is used during the procedure to remove fat deposits. You’ll need to be in good overall health before having an arm lift — both physically and mentally. If you have only a little skin laxity and fat, a non-surgical procedure may be better.

2. You’ll need help caring for yourself post-surgery

You’ll need help with most daily activities for about two weeks after surgery, including household tasks, dressing, and driving. If you have children or pets, you’ll likely need help caring for them during this time. It takes about six months for the swelling to go down completely and up to a year for the excess skin to shrink down into its final appearance. That’s why many people choose to schedule their surgery later in the year, so they have time to heal before wearing short sleeves or sleeveless tops in public again during the warmer months.

3. The results won’t be immediate, and there will be some side effects

Like most surgeries, an arm lift takes time to heal. Your body will need time to recover from the surgery and swelling can obscure your final results for the first few months. For the first few weeks, you can expect significant swelling, stiffness, and bruising. You’ll need to wear compression sleeves on the treatment area to help keep swelling down and help the skin “stick” to its new position. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication before going home from the hospital to help with discomfort during recovery. Some complications during or after surgery could affect how well your scars heal and how much bruising there is afterward. It’s important to let your plastic surgeon know if you’ve had any reactions to anesthesia before your procedure so they can take extra precautions during surgery if necessary.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re considering taking the next steps in getting an arm lift, our team can help. To meet with our team of board-certified plastic surgeons including Dr. Papel, Dr. Kontis, and Dr. Brown, contact our Baltimore office by calling or filling out our online form.

A lot of people have a love-hate relationship with their arms. An arm lift is also known as Brachioplasty. It’s a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. During an arm lift, your plastic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from your upper arms, tighten the remaining tissue, and give you a more contoured look. Arm lifts can be done with various techniques depending on how much excess skin is present and how long you want it to take for scars to fade. You should know what to expect after surgery before getting an arm lift procedure done. Here are some crucial facts about arm lifts.

1. Arm lift surgery isn’t for everyone

The results of an arm lift may not be what you imagined or hoped for because it’s difficult to predict how much skin will be removed during surgery based on measurements alone. It’s important to understand that your plastic surgeon cannot guarantee that your arms will look like they did before weight loss or aging-caused stretching, but they can give you an estimate based on their experience with other patients who had similar issues with excess skin around their arms. Sometimes liposuction is used during the procedure to remove fat deposits. You’ll need to be in good overall health before having an arm lift — both physically and mentally. If you have only a little skin laxity and fat, a non-surgical procedure may be better.

2. You’ll need help caring for yourself post-surgery

You’ll need help with most daily activities for about two weeks after surgery, including household tasks, dressing, and driving. If you have children or pets, you’ll likely need help caring for them during this time. It takes about six months for the swelling to go down completely and up to a year for the excess skin to shrink down into its final appearance. That’s why many people choose to schedule their surgery later in the year, so they have time to heal before wearing short sleeves or sleeveless tops in public again during the warmer months.

3. The results won’t be immediate, and there will be some side effects

Like most surgeries, an arm lift takes time to heal. Your body will need time to recover from the surgery and swelling can obscure your final results for the first few months. For the first few weeks, you can expect significant swelling, stiffness, and bruising. You’ll need to wear compression sleeves on the treatment area to help keep swelling down and help the skin “stick” to its new position. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication after surgery to help with discomfort during recovery. Some factors during or after surgery could affect how well your scars heal and how much bruising there is afterward. It’s important to let your plastic surgeon know if you have had any reactions to anesthesia before your procedure so they can take extra precautions during surgery if necessary.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re considering taking the next steps in getting an arm lift, our team can help. To meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brown, contact our Baltimore office by calling or filling out our online form.

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