What Is Recovery Like After an Arm Lift?
An arm-lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is a type of plastic surgery used to sculpt a person’s arms. The procedure fixes sagging skin on the upper arms, which may have been caused due to factors such as weight loss or aging.
This process is for those who have excess skin and sagging fat in their upper arms. It involves an incision from your underarm all the way to your elbow, along getting rid of excess fat and cutting away excess skin.
The recovery process is a vital part of the arm-lift procedure. If you are considering this procedure, it is best to have a good understanding of the recovery process in order to experience optimal healing.
Immediately After the Brachioplasty
The incision will be bandaged, and a tube will be placed in order to drain out any excess fluid. Your arms may be further wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment in order to control post-surgical swelling.
The First Days
In the days following the surgery, patients will be facing light to moderate pain in their arms. Painkillers are usually prescribed in order to keep discomfort at bay. If your recovery is going well, then any swelling or bruising will immediately start to dissipate and should disappear within a month.
The First Ten Days
Bandages and drainage tubes are all removed by this time. However, since the area is still very tender, you will be advised to refrain against pulling or exerting your arms. You will be able to go back to your normal activities, but you still must wear the compression bandage.
The First Two Weeks
All compression bandages are removed, as the arms are deemed to be fully healed by this point. You will be able to see the final results of the surgery. Patients will be allowed to start utilizing their arms more after three weeks.
Helpful Tips to Follow
There are a few more tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to recovery from an arm lift, including the following:
• Follow all post-operative procedures prescribed by Dr. McMahan.
• Stay away from all physical activity for at least 10 days after the surgery. If required, employ a caregiver to help you around the house.
• Sleep with your arms elevated on pillows to minimize swelling.
• Do not touch the site of the surgery.
• Drink plenty of water to flush out all toxins.
• Listen to your body regarding your limits and do not push yourself too hard while recovering.
Contact Advanced Aesthetic & Laser Surgery
For more information about what to expect during and after a brachioplasty, contact our office and set up a consultation. Dr. James McMahan, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, will be available to discuss the procedure in greater detail.
Dr. McMahan has helped numerous patients restore the appearance of their upper arms and gain a more sculpted look. At Advanced Aesthetic & Laser Surgery, we are happy to answer your questions regarding arm-lift surgery. Call us today to set up your brachioplasty consultation.