What to expect when you wake up from your arm lift surgery:

When you wake up from your arm lift procedure, during your Arm lift recovery you will be in the post-operative holding area. Your arms will be wrapped with ACE bandages. These should be left in place for the first 72 hours of your Arm lift recovery.

Will you need a caregiver during your Arm lift recovery?

It is important to have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours to assist you with getting around and taking your medications during your Arm lift recovery.

Will arm lift surgery be painful?

Post-operative pain is subjective and will vary considerably from person to person. The average patient undergoing an arm lift will usually require a few days of prescribed oral pain medication to treat discomfort during Arm lift recovery. You may take Motrin or Advil only after the first 7 days.

How should you sleep during Arm lift recovery?

During the first week or so, attempt to sleep with your arms placed over two or more pillows. This will ensure drainage of fluids from your upper extremities, reducing swelling and tension on your incision lines while in Arm lift recovery.

How long will swelling last after arm lift surgery?

Most of the post-operative swelling in your arms will subside within the first week of Arm lift recovery, especially if the arms are kept elevated. The remaining swelling may take three to four weeks to subside.

When can you take a shower?

While in your Arm lift recovery you can remove your ACE wraps and dressings on the third day after your arm lift surgery and take a shower. You may run water over the incisions. After finishing your shower, pat your incisions dry with a towel. Place surgi-pad over each incision and reapply the ACE bandage from elbow to the arm pit.

When is it safe to drive while in Arm lift recovery?

It should take about two weeks for your incisions to heal before attempting to drive. Also, it is not safe to drive a car while taking pain medications as your reflexes and alertness may be altered.

How to care for your arm lift incisions during Arm lift recovery

It is important that the arm lift incisions are not subjected to excessive force or tension during the healing process. This can lead to scar widening or separation.

When is it safe to start exercise after arm lift surgery?

Although your arms will be sore for several days while in Arm lift recovery, you should be walking the same day of your surgery. Walking is the best way to reduce formation of blood clots in your legs. Dr. Agha recommends light exercise to reduce swelling and prevent blood clot formation. These may include walking, stretching, and moving your arms and legs while sitting. Avoid activities that may raise your blood pressure. Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports, and jogging for up to six weeks while in Arm lift recovery.

How long will it take for your arm lift incisions to heal?

Following an arm lift surgery, it normally takes about 2 to 3 weeks for your incisions to close up. However, it will take up to 6 weeks for the incisions to heal internally and develop durability. Thus, avoid lifting heavy objects during Arm lift recovery.

What kind of scarring is expected after arm lift surgery?

The nature of your scar is dependent on several factors. These include your genetic make-up, any tension that is placed on the incision, smoking, healing ability, and the technique for closure of your incision. Typically, Dr. Agha performs what is known as a “complex closure”. Dr. Agha closes your incisions in 3 layers to reduce tension on the closure.

How do scars change with time?

Typically scars are pink for about 6 to 12 weeks. Scars can take between 9-12 months to lighten up and blend with your skin. Patients who refrain from smoking and closely follow Dr. Agha’s Enhanced Recovery Nutritional Supplements routine will usually heal faster and have thinner scars.

What kind of emergencies should I be aware of?

Although some discomfort is common after arm lift surgery or during Arm lift recovery, be sure to tell us if:

  • There is an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, or bleeding in the surgical area.
  • You develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, or a general ill feeling.
  • If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
  • After Arm lift recovery, some patients prefer to have additional cosmetic procedures to improve the arm’s appearance, particularly to remove unsightly hair. Various hair removal options are available for the forearm and upper arm areas.