Seeing You Through a Safe, Comfortable Arm Lift Recovery

By Peter Fisher, MD on September 10, 2018

A woman in a dress on the beach lifting her armsArm lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that tones the upper arm by removing sagging skin. This procedure not only produces a sleeker-looking arm, it can transform the appearance of your overall physique.

Patients considering an arm lift often wonder what the healing process involves. Here, we have provided a rundown of what you can expect, but an important rule of thumb to ensure a safe recovery is to choose a reputable surgeon.

Dr. Peter Fisher, in San Antonio, TX, can perform a procedure that allows for a safe, quick, and comfortable arm lift recovery.

Immediately after Your Procedure

Your arm lift will be performed on an outpatient basis. When you come out of procedure and the general anesthesia wears off, you will feel groggy and tired.

You will be given post-operative instructions, which you should plan on following to the letter, before being discharged. Since you will have received general anesthesia, you cannot drive yourself home, so please have your transportation arrangements made in advance.

Once at home, it is advised that you rest with your back propped up on pillows and avoid lying on your side.

Common Arm Lift Side Effects

As with any surgery, an arm lift will cause some minor to mild side effects that will be most acute the first 48 hours after surgery. Below are the most common side effects that arm lift patients will experience to varying degrees:

  • Bruising and Inflammation - Patients will have bruising and swelling around the treatment site. This should substantially resolve in about two weeks, although these symptoms will persist for another two weeks or longer. Patients can apply an ice compress to the treatment area to reduce swelling.
  • Discomfort – Discomfort and soreness will abate after the first couple of days, and can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. Some patients may also have pain control medication prescribed.
  • Numbness and Sensitivity - These symptoms tend to appear along the incision sites and are connected to how nerves respond to the surgery and the healing process. Tingling, numbness and other sensitivities should subside in the weeks following the procedure.

Two Weeks after Your Procedure

In those two weeks after surgery when you substantially recover, it is important that you balance rest with minor activity. Getting up from bed every few hours and walking around will get the blood pumping to prevent blood clots and promote healing.

As the days pass, you can add slightly more activity into your schedule, such as walking for longer or doing minor household chores. Always follow your doctor’s orders and avoid overdoing it since this can set you back or put you at risk for complications.

You will also have your first follow-up appointment with your surgeon about a week after your procedure. At this time, your doctor will monitor your progress to ensure you are recovering safely. You can also discuss when to return to work, which is typically between a week or two after the surgery.

Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation

Find out how arm lift surgery can boost your body image by scheduling a consultation today. You can also speak to a team member by calling (210) 616-0798.

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