If you’re considering an arm lift after life events like pregnancy or significant weight loss, it’s normal to have questions about what to expect and how an arm lift can help. Although your board-certified plastic surgeon is the best person to answer your questions and create a customized surgical plan, it can be helpful to know a little about your chosen procedure ahead of your consultation. Here’s what to know about an arm lift at Straith Clinic and what you can expect.
Who’s a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
If you’re uncomfortable with the appearance of your upper arms because of loose skin and stubborn fat, an arm lift can likely help. Many arm lift patients have concerns about “bat wings” or wings of fat and skin on the upper arms which make it difficult to feel confident in tank tops or other sleeveless clothing. It’s important to be at a stable weight within a healthy range before considering an arm lift. That’s because weight fluctuations can negatively impact your results. If you’re planning to become pregnant or lose more weight in the future, it’s often best to postpone your arm lift for the time being.
What Are the Different Types of Arm Lift?
There are various positions for the incision for an arm lift however the one that is best hidden and gives the best result is along the inner arm from the armpit to just above the elbow between the biceps and triceps muscles. Liposuction is sometimes performed on heavier arms to improve the results.
What is Arm Lift Recovery Like?
An arm lift can be performed in the office operating room under IV sedation. You should make sure to enlist a close friend or family member to help you during your initial recovery since you’ll need to avoid moving or lifting your arms too much. Most swelling and discomfort happens within the first few days, but can be managed with medications prescribed by your plastic surgeon. You can expect to return to light office work within a week but will need to account for longer recovery if you work a physical job. Overall, you can expect to fully recover within six weeks, after which you can return to your normal level of activity.
Schedule a Consultation
The arm lift is one of the best ways to feel confident in your favorite outfits and transform your body contours after losing weight or pregnancy. To meet with our team and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Bingham Farms office by calling or filling out our online form.