Once your arm lift is completed, dressing
or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and your
arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage to minimize swelling
and support your new contours as you heal. Small, thin
tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain
excess fluid or blood that may collect. Before you are
released following surgery, you and an accompanying responsible
family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific
instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical
site and drains
- Medications to apply or take orally
to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at
the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow
up with you r plastic surgeon
Following your arm lift, your arms will be swollen
and bruised, and you will experience some discomfort.
Discomfort is common and can be controlled with
medication. You will be instructed to keep your arms elevated for several days
following surgery and return to light walking as soon as possible to minimize
the potential for blood clots and other complications. You will also be instructed
to avoid lifting or bearing any weight on your arms for several days to weeks.
Your surgeon may also advise you to limit your range of motion until internal
healing is complete. You will be ready to return to work and light, normal
activities within a few days, as long as you do not engage in any lifting or
vigorous exercise. Follow all instructions carefully – this is essential
to the success of your outcome.
will heal within 7 to 14 days, after which time sutures
will be removed in necessary.
Additional healing will continue for many weeks as swelling
resolves an incision lines continue to improve. Numbness
and a firm feeling of the skins’ surface will resolve
over time. You must practice diligent sun protection until
the healing process is fully completed or skin in the treated
area may develop irregular pigmentation and scars may become
raised, red or dark. It may take a year or more following
a given procedure for incision lines to refine and fade
to some degree. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s
instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Results and Outlook
The dramatic improvement in arm contour following arm lift surgery can greatly
enhance your body image. A smooth, toned arm that matches your body image and
personal goals does, however, come with visible scars. This is a fair trade-off
to achieving a body contour that matches your body weight and proportion.
The results of arm lift will be
long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight
and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural
to lose some firmness. However, most of your improvement
should be relatively permanent.