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?
Exercise After Arm Lift
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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.
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.
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!
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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.
Exercise pre op
Weight training after 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
Exercise After Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Exercise for arm lifts
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.
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