Exercise After Arm Lift

I will be getting an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) in around 6 months. I want my arms to have a nice toned look like they used to have. Should I start weight training again before the surgery, or wait until after the procedure and the skin is tightened? Which one will get me the best, toned look?

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Arm lift and timing of exercise

The very best results come in patients who are at their baseline weights. That is the weight they "live at", not necessarily the weight they would like to be.

The reason for this is that the baseline weight is how the patient spends most of their life, and the surgery should be optimized for that state, not for an artificially high or low weight, or an artificially high or low degree of physical conditioning.

Of course it is best for a patient to maximize the health of their diet, and of their exercise program as a part of a healthy lifestyle. If they choose to start working out regularly and plan on sustaining that, then I feel they should stabilize before undergoing surgery. It may be that more pounds will come off...and stay off!

I do not believe patients should gain/lose weight etc. or work out specifically before/after the surgery if these measures are not sustainable. Otherwise the surgeon is operating on a patient who is in a "temporary" state.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Pre-Op Weight Training Can Help!

In my experience anybody who shows up to the operating room in better shape has better outcomes. You can certainly spend your time getting fit and toned before your procedure even though it may not manifest the improved contours until your surgery manifests itself. In a patient who is undergoing a brachioplasty, I always discuss with them that more definition can be obtained with vaser liposelection at the same time as the excess arm skin that is being removed. Vaser liposelection will give better contours of the biceps and deltoid region while the excess skin is being removed with the scar that’s left in between the biceps and triceps on the inner arm. After your surgery is completed, it usually takes about 3 weeks for the swelling to settle down during which time you should get some massages. After 3 weeks in my practice I strongly urge my patients to resume a more aggressive physical regiment.

Paul Vanek, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Training Helps Brachioplasty

Toning your muscles with resistance training will definitely help with the results of your arm lift (brachioplasty)!

I recommend you start  as soon as you can before surgery, but it is not necessary to delay your surgery date in order to do toning exercises.

To allow good post-op healing, allow 6 weeks before resuming toning/resistance training for your arms.

I hope you get great results!

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Fitness helps with body contouring

The best results with arm lift procedures are seen in patients with lax arm tissues and minimal fatty deposits. It would help your post-op result immensely if you can achieve a close-to-ideal body weight prior to arm lift surgery. Working out will help achieve that goal, and will improve the muscle tone of your arms.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise pre op

It can't hurt to start now, the better condition your arms in the easier the sugery and smoother recovery.

Morris Ritz, MB, BCh, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Weight training after arm lift

Thank you for your question regarding exercise after an arm lift.

To get the best toned look, I would suggest weight training after your arm lift. During your arm lift, arm skin and fat will be removed. After the arm lift surgery, you can work on developing and accentuating your biceps, triceps, and deltoids.

Good luck with your quest for thinner, toned arms.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely, Dr. Katzen

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise After Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Both exercise before and after surgery will help you achieve your desired look. It is recommended that before surgery you are incorporating toning exercises into your routine. You should wait 6 weeks before resuming toning and resistance training for your arms following surgery.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Exercise for arm lifts

Your arms will look best when you help yourself as well as consult with an expert surgeon.  For optimal results, before surgery you should be at your ideal weight and you should have substantial muscles from weight training. If that is not possible, do the best you can before and after your procedure. 

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Exercise Should Be Avoided For 6-8 Weeks Following Brachioplasty

                  The results of brachioplasty are best when combined with life style changes. These changes may involve both diet and exercise. The benefits of exercise may occur both pre-operatively and post-operatively. In the post-operative period, it’s important to have adequate healing before starting a workout routine. For this reason, strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks following surgery.

                  When brachioplasty is combined with exercises that are designed to improve muscle tone, results can be excellent. It’s important to discuss exercise routines with your surgeon before getting started. Your surgeon will be able to help you formulate an exercise routine that will help maximize your result. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Exercise After Armlift

A patient can resume most activities in 3 - 4 weeks without any problems after having armlift surgery.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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