Will my arm lift scars be noticeable?
Dr. Campanile will place the incisions so the scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. However, you can expect that they will be noticeable depending on how you are holding your arms. Keep in mind that this varies between patients because every body heals differently, and your scars might fade to the point that they can barely be seen.
Will my insurance cover an arm lift?
Generally speaking, health insurance only covers plastic surgery when it is restorative or otherwise seen as a medical necessity. If you have excess skin on your arms that limits mobility or causes skin infections, you might be able to get partial or complete coverage of your procedure. We will contact your insurance provider to utilize your benefits if possible.
What should I anticipate after my arm lift surgery?
When you wake up, you will likely find that your arms are wrapped with bandages to keep swelling to a minimum. There could also be drains placed to eliminate excess fluid buildup, which could compromise your results.
Your skin may feel tight and uncomfortable for some time, and in the days following surgery, there will be some degree of pain, which you can control with the medications we prescribe. If you find the pain is greater than the medication can mitigate, we will work with you on an alternate pain management plan.
You won’t be able to drive for at least 10 days, and depending on the nature of your job, will need 1-2 weeks off work. There will be restrictions on how much weight you can lift for at least 3 weeks after surgery.
How soon can I exercise again after my surgery?
After surgery, you want to take care not to raise your blood pressure for at least a week, and you need to avoid anything that stresses the arms. However, you are free to exercise by walking as soon as you are comfortable. During your follow-up visit, Dr. Campanile will determine if you are ready for more intense workouts.
Can an arm lift be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely! Many patients like to get an arm lift as part of a total body makeover. Common procedures to combine with an arm lift include:
- Weight loss skin removal
- Tummy tuck
- Breast lift
Will adding other procedures increase my healing time?
It is possible that additional procedures will lead to a longer recovery period, but that depends on which procedures you choose and how your body responds. Dr. Campanile will establish clear expectations for your recovery prior to surgery.
How should I prepare for my arm lift?
You will be given specific instructions by Dr. Campanile. However, we generally request that patients do the following:
- Stop smoking for at least a month before your procedure
- Focus on eating healthy and staying hydrated in the weeks before surgery
- Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery and help at home
- Set up your recovery space in your home
- Stop medications as indicated by Dr. Campanile
- Fill your post-surgery prescriptions in advance