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What to Expect

You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, you should call Dr. Alexander immediately.

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After your procedure is completed, we will wrap your arms with a snug bandage. This may feel increasingly tight during the night because of swelling, but we will loosen it the next day. Usually you will remain wrapped for 48 hours, after which you can remove the wrap, take a cool shower, and place a soft wrap for support.

You will likely need a recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days. We begin removing sutures on the 3rd day. All sutures are removed by 10-14 days. You will experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at approximately 2-3 weeks. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

Following our instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.


The smoother, tighter contours that result from your arm lift are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

The results of your arm lift surgery will be long lasting. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over time. If you avoided sleeveless clothing prior to surgery, there is a much better chance that you will feel comfortable wearing such clothing after the procedure. Like most patients who have had an arm lift, you may also have a boost in self-confidence.

Over time, your arms can continue to change due to aging and gravity. But, you’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

Nearly all of our patients are thrilled with the results of their arm lift. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.


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