What is the recovery like after an arm lift?

armAn arm lift, also known as an arm reduction or a brachioplasty, is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery, especially among those patients who have shed a significant number of pounds through weight-loss surgery.

The procedure reduces saggy, drooping skin, it tightens the underlying tissue thereby improving the shape of the upper arm, and it tackles localized pockets of fat. The results can be very satisfying, giving patients the confidence to wear sleeves of any length and material.

What will the recovery from my arm lift be like?

A frequently asked question in Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Milton Keynes clinic is ‘when can I go back to work?’ If you have a desk job, you may feel ready to return after 3–5 days.

In the first few days after your arm lift you are likely to experience some discomfort for which you can take painkillers. There will be some swelling and bruising which can remain for two to three weeks, steadily dissipating.

Your surgeon will advise you to restrict activity, avoiding heavy lifting and refraining from stretching the arms for six weeks post-surgery.

How much downtime do I need to allow after my arm lift?

The length of your recovery time will be influenced by two factors.

Firstly, the extent of the procedure; during your Milton Keynes arm lift consultation, Mr Sudip Ghosh will conduct a physical examination, assessing the laxity of the skin and the volume to be excised before advising you on the technique most appropriate for you.

Secondly, your own health will have an impact on your rate of recovery; some people will be back on their feet faster than others, and being in good physical health and taking heed of your surgeon’s aftercare instructions will help you make a swifter recovery.

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