After Arm Lift Surgery
The recovery following an arm lift is moderately easy, although patient experiences vary. The arms will be tender and there will usually be mild to moderate swelling or edema in the lower arm and hand. This swelling typically resolves quickly by keeping your arm elevated for the first few days. Pain medications typically control this tenderness very well and most patients stop taking pain medication during the day after about three days. A compression garment should be worn 4-6 weeks after arm lift surgery to help re-establish the contours and decrease swelling. The pressure may also decrease healing time while adding comfort.
Most patients can see the results of the lift immediately after surgery with Dr. Larsen as their arms are typically firmer, tighter, and more contoured. Your arms may appear slightly larger at first due to the swelling that occurs from surgery. This swelling typically resolves over 3-6 weeks, and the final results are appreciated somewhere between 3-6 months after surgery.
Patients who undergo an arm lift with Dr. Larsen often feel more comfortable in their clothing and more confident in everyday life. While there will be some visible scarring, most patients consider it a welcome trade-off for reducing the excess skin.