Arm Lift Recovery
This is a very satifying surgery and has a short recovery for the gains you get. Most of my patients need about 2-3 days of recovery and are back at work as long as it is a desk job at about 3-5 days.
Arm movement at the shoulder is restricted for the first 4 weeks. After that there are no restrictions.
Recovery of an arm lift (brachioplasty)
The recovery is proportional to the extent of the surgery. If you have had major weight loss and are having a brachioplasty with an elbow to armpit incision, then you need more time. In our practice, arm lift surgery is not one that patients qualify as painful, and most patients are off pain medicine within 5 days. The scar is long, and the final result can be somewhat unpredictable. The scar goes from armpit to elbow and we aim to place it in a relatively inconspicuous place. Most patients feel it is a good trade off to remove all the excess skin, even when the scar is somewhat thick. How much time off you need depends entirely on your line of work. Consulting in person with a board-certified plastic surgeon with post-weight loss plastic surgery will give you the best answers.
The link below shows a fully healed brachioplasty (arm lift).
Arm Lift Recovery
What I tell my patients always is if you follow the indications properly especially the first week everything should go smoothly from there. The indications I recommend to my patients to follow are , to limit yourself to minimal activities at least for 10 days and no lifting heavy object for a month. As for driving approximately 10 days also. The use of the bandages or garment is very important this is to prevent serious complications like hematomas, seromas inflammatory liquid that could accumulate. Some stitches will be removed in 10 days after the surgery, others are not necessary. The scar tends to diminish in 6 months. I recommend this surgery it has a amazing results and patients leave very satisfied.
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Armlift Recovery Variable
Thank you for your question. Some patients with upper arm skin and fat laxity benefit from laser liposuction with non-ablative skin tightening procedures. This recovery is perhaps the shortest with 1 week of mild downtime, 3-4 weeks of mild to moderate swelling and small scars. Middle of the road patients with just skin excess benefit from a traditional brachioplasty with a low-anterior incision. The downtime is 1-2 weeks, 3-6 weeks of mild to moderate swelling and long scars that improve with time. Heavy arms with excess skin benefit from a low-anterior brachioplasty with adjunctive liposuction. Downtime is 1-2 weeks, 4-12 weeks of mild to moderate swelling and long scars that improve with time. Arm compression garments help to manage the swelling and provide comfort. Most patients are thrilled with the improvement in contour they achieve with these procedures. Consult with a Plastic Surgeon experienced with body contouring after weight loss. All the best.
Recovery After Arm Lift Surgery
A brachioplasty is essentially an upper arm lift. In this procedure, the excess hanging skin and fat in the upper arm is removed. Its the procedure used to correct the common "bat wing" of skin that manifests in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. Most of my patients are able to get back to a desk job 5-7 days after surgery. However, I recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks. If an upper trunk lift is involved, I may recommend holding off working out (heavy lifting/strenuous activity) for 5-6 weeks. I generally recommend compression garments for about 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Arm lift recovery
I often explain recovery in stages:
1) Discomfort - you may have a several days of discomfort that requires narcotic support. This can be minimized with the use of pain pumps or injectable numbing medications like Exparel
2) Swelling/bruising - this may linger for 2-3 weeks with each week showing less swelling/bruising than the previous week
3) Activity restriction - you should refrain from stretching the arms, or any heavy lifting/exercise for 6 weeks.
Arm lift recovery
. Immediately after the operation compressive Ace wraps are placed from the fingers up to the armpit. These can normally be removed within 24-48 hours postoperatively. Elastic compression sleeves commonly worn by athletes can be purchased relatively inexpensively at any sporting good store. Many patients wear these for up for up to 2 weeks postoperatively. No vigorous activity or strenuous activity is recommended for 3 weeks postoperatively. Complications following a well planned and well executed brachioplasty are uncommon. They may include however wound infection or wound breakdown. Is very important to follow the directions of your surgeon postoperatively to ensure the best result.
Arm lift recovery
arm lift surgery is a good surgery.
recovery is slightly difficult because it affect both upper arm.
patient feel tightness.
they experience discomfort the first 2 weeks.
off work for 2 weeks.
Arm lift recovery expectations
Arm lift procedures should be tailored to your unique needs and desires. Patients with less contour issues may only require liposuction with laser therapy or armpit incisions to reduce skin laxity. The downtime and recovery for those procedures is minimal, most patients are back to work in several days and resume normal activity in 10-14 days. More extensive soft tissue laxity requires a formal brachioplasty, typically with placement of operative drains and minimizing heavy activity for several weeks while the tissue heals. The scar from this procedure usually heals nicely but can be prominent in some individuals. Postoperative scar therapy can help to minimize scar formation. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon.
Brachioplasty (arm lift) recovery
The recovery for an arm lift (brachioplasty) is different for
each patient.In my practice I tell
patients they will be in a compressive dressing for about 2 days.There are dissolvable sutures, but we
typically put in a few “anchor” sutures about every 2-3 inches that come out at
10 days.There are steri-strips on the
incisions that should not be removed for 5-7 days.We ask patients to avoid heavy lifting for
about 10-14 days.After the incision is
healed, patients can resume normal activities.It is about 4-6 weeks before patients are feeling 100% “normal” again.