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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) FAQ

Should I get an arm lift or just liposuction?

That determination is made with an examination in the office. You must have sufficient tone in the skin and tissues of the arm to be able to have liposuction alone. Patients who have had dramatic weight loss typically have so much extra skin that an excision will be necessary.

What can I expect after my brachioplasty surgery?

After the surgery you will have your arms wrapped in ace bandages for a few days. Following this your arms will be placed in compression garments which need to be worn around the clock for 3-4 weeks. This assists the skin in tightening around the smaller area. It also assists in supporting the scars while they mature. The discomfort is not very significant according to most of the patients after the arm lift surgery.

When can I start exercising again?

Approximately 1-2 weeks are necessary to resume daily activities, and approximately 4-6 weeks to resume most sports activities.

Who is a good candidate for the arm lift surgery?

Any patient who has had loss of tone in the upper arm whether secondary to weight loss or significant loss of tone with aging.

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