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Arm Lift: Prepare for Your Procedure

As one of the surgeries with the highest satisfaction ratings, an arm lift can be a great option for helping you feel and look your best. However, as with other surgeries, proper preparation is key to ensuring an excellent outcome. The following set of guidelines will walk you through what to expect and how to prepare, from your initial consultation all the way through recovery.

At Your Consultation

Finding the right surgeon is a vital part of ensuring a positive experience. There are several questions that should be asked at your initial consultation that can help you narrow down your choices:

  1. What types of credentials and board certifications do you hold?
  2. How many arm lifts do you perform at your offices annually?
  3. What percentage of those procedures develop complications?

Although professional qualifications are important, you also need to make sure that your surgeon is someone you’re comfortable talking to. This is especially important if you have any questions either before or after your procedure.

Preparing For Surgery

Getting ready for your arm lift cosmetic surgery will start long before the day of your procedure. Prior to your appointment, there are several things you can do that can aid in both reducing the potential for surgical complications as well as facilitating healing after your procedure:

Personal Considerations

  1. Have a friend or family member available to drive you to your appointment and home afterward. You should also have someone who can stay with you during the first 24 hours that you’re home.
  2. Work out alternate arrangements for childcare during your recovery, or any other household tasks you may need assistance with.
  3. Have someone help with meal preparations, or cook and freeze meals ahead of time yourself.
  4. Rearrange your work schedule to have any important meetings or projects take place either before your surgery or after you’ve recovered.
  5. Take care of anything you can ahead of time, like paying bills or getting yard work finished.

Physical Considerations

  1. Shower before your surgery, making sure to wash the underside of your arm and your sides with antimicrobial soap. Don’t apply any makeup or lotion after your shower.
  2. Dress in clothing that’s simple to get on and off. A shirt that button down the front will be easier to manage than pulling one over your head.
  3. Let Dr. Campanile know if you are currently on any prescriptions, as well as any vitamins or supplements you may be taking.
  4. Quit smoking at least 14 days before your surgery, and give your body another two smoke-free weeks after you come home, or longer if possible.

Handling Recovery

Most patients report feeling tired and a little sore after their arm lift. This is how the body lets you know that you need to rest in order to heal more quickly.

  1. Dr. Campanile may have you wear a special compression sleeve in order to aid healing.
  2. Light activities can often be resumed in just a few days.
  3. Avoid activities that will put strain on your arms for at least four weeks.
  4. Regular exercise can be resumed after Dr. Campanile gives the okay.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout recovery is to let your body heal at its own pace and not force the process. You can aid healing by giving your body the best tools available for recovery:

  1. Follow any special recovery instructions from Dr. Campanile
  2. Get plenty of sleep
  3. Avoid stress or overly physical activities
  4. Drink lots of fluids, and eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits

If you have any other questions or concerns about the possibility of an arm lift from our Denver practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.

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