Arm Lift

Often times as a person ages or with weight fluctuations, the upper arms may become loose and flabby resulting in a saggy appearance. For many, this can cause embarrassment when wearing certain clothes. The arm lift, or otherwise known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to re-contour the upper arms for a firmer, more streamlined appearance. Whether it is performed with or without liposuction an arm lift will result in a significantly more defined and toned upper arm.

What Happens During an Arm Lift Procedure?shutterstock_119336293

The site of the incision for an arm lift is placed as inconspicuously as possible. While the site is located on the inner arm toward the back, typically running from the armpit to near the elbow, patients should expect at least some visible scarring to result. Through this incision, excess skin and fat are then removed.

How Do I Prepare For and Arm Lift Surgery?

Prior to your arm lift surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Mang to decide if you are a desirable candidate for this procedure. During your initial consultation Dr. Mang and his staff will discuss the procedure and how you should best prepare and what to expect on the day of your surgery. Make sure you wear loose, comfortable clothing when you arrive on your surgery day. You should plan to take at least one week off from work to recover. However, Dr. Mang can best determine this based on your personal situation.

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  • Do not take Aspirin products containing Ibuprofen for two weeks before or after surgery. These medications thin the blood, interfere with normal blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.
  • Discontinue smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Smoking constricts small blood vessels and inhibits the healing process.
  • Avoid alcohol for two weeks before and after surgery.
  • Decreasing salt intake will help diminish swelling after surgery.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush toxins from your body.
  • Stop taking all vitamins and herbs two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Fill you prescriptions before your surgery date, especially pain and antibiotic medications your doctor has prescribed for this procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home and to assist you for 24 hours after surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery?

Work: Recovery takes time and it’s important that you’re patient with the process. Most people can return to work in 7-10 days after an arm lift procedure. However if you participate in sports or are physically active, you will have to wait at least three weeks, if not longer, to resume these activities.

Discomfort: After the surgery some moderate discomfort can be expected. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the discomfort. However if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.

Recovery: The recovery after an arm lift procedure takes about ten days. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminishes within one to two weeks.

Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.