An arm lift procedure is also referred to as ‘brachioplasty’ in the cosmetic surgery world and is usually recommended for those struggling with loose or sagging skin in the upper arm area. This happens due to the presence of excess fat and skin.
Most arm lift patients rest for almost a week before resuming work after the surgery. In order to aid healing and recovery, your cosmetic surgeon will likely suggest wearing a special compression garment. This helps in minimizing swelling and also offers support to the arm tissues. The incisions are usually covered in dressing after the arm lift surgery. You will find that most of the stitches end up dissolving, except the ones which aren’t self-absorbing. The latter may be removed in a week or so.
To fasten your recovery after an arm lift, allow the arms to rest in an elevated position and avoid lifting any heavy objects for a couple of weeks following the surgery. It is natural to experience some amount of soreness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and redness during the healing period. Your surgeon may prescribe certain pain medications to reduce the temporary discomfort in the initial days of recovery. After the arm lift surgery, you would likely be able to notice tighter and smoother arm contours almost immediately.
The little bruising and swelling might obscure the initial results in most cases. Arm lift surgery results are usually long-lasting, though you would need to maintain a steady weight by following a healthy, well-balanced diet and through routine exercise. Also, with gradual aging, you may naturally lose a bit of the firmness and smoothness that was originally restored through surgery. Even then, the majority of the surgery improvements will be fairly permanent.