3 Weeks Post Op Arm Lift

3 Weeks Post Op Arm Lift

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms.

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever dreamed of having perfectly toned arms that would make Michelle Obama herself envious? If so, then brace yourselves for the ultimate success story because today we’re diving into the world of arm lifts! Today marks a significant milestone as I’ve reached my 3-week mark since undergoing an arm lift surgery. Whether you’re curious about what happens post-op or considering getting one yourself, my journey is sure to provide insight into this transformative procedure. So grab some popcorn and let’s get started!

The Recovery Process

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms. It is often done in conjunction with liposuction. The incisions are usually made on the inside of the arm from the armpit down to the elbow.

After surgery, patients will have dressings or bandages placed on their incisions. They will also have drains in place to help remove any excess fluid that may build up. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help minimize swelling.

Most patients are able to return to work within two weeks, though they should avoid any strenuous activity during this time. full recovery can take up to six weeks. During this time, patients should slowly increase their activity level as tolerated.

Preoperative Preparations

It is important to remember that you will need to take some time off from work and other activities to recover from your arm lift. Make sure to plan ahead and arrange for help if needed. You should also avoid sun exposure and excessive activity for at least a week before surgery.

2 weeks before surgery:

– Schedule a pre-operative appointment with your surgeon

– Get any prescribed medications filled

– Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery

– Begin taking Arnica montana as directed, to reduce bruising and swelling

1 week before surgery:
+Stop taking all herbal supplements, including Arnica montana
+Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes
+Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood thinning medications
+Avoid sun exposure
+Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery

What to Expect During the Procedure

Most arm lift procedures take two to four hours, though some may take longer. You will likely be given general anesthesia or sedation for the procedure.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions along the inside or back of your upper arm. The length and pattern of the incisions will depend on the amount of skin to be removed and your individual body shape. Through these incisions, your surgeon will access and remove excess fat and skin. In some cases, liposuction may be used to help with contouring. Once the excess skin has been removed, your surgeon will close the incisions with stitches or surgical tape.

After the Procedure:
You will probably feel sore and stiff for a few days following your arm lift procedure. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and what activities you should avoid while you heal. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Most people can return to work within one to two weeks after an arm lift procedure

Postoperative Care

Assuming you have had an arm lift, or brachioplasty, here are instructions on how to care for your arms in the weeks following your surgery. These instructions are general and may vary depending on your individual case.

It is important to keep your arms elevated as much as possible for the first few days after surgery. This will help reduce swelling and pain. You may be instructed to wear a compression garment which also helps with swelling.

You will have drains in place which will need to be emptied several times a day. The nurses will teach you how to do this before you leave the hospital.

Keep the incision area clean and dry. You may shower starting 48 hours after surgery but do not fully submerge your arms in water (such as in a bathtub) until your surgeon gives you the okay. Gently wash around the incisions with soap and water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply any ointments or creams prescribed by your surgeon according to their instructions.

You will likely have some pain and swelling for the first few weeks after surgery. Take any pain medication prescribed by your doctor as needed but avoid aspirin or ibuprofen as they can increase bleeding. Use cold compresses on the area to help with pain and swelling as well. Contact your surgeon if you have excessive pain, swelling, redness, or drainage from the incision sites as this could be indicative of an infection

Follow Up After Three Weeks

It’s been three weeks since your arm lift surgery. You may have some residual swelling and bruising, but overall you should be feeling pretty good by now. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you continue to heal:

1. Follow up with your surgeon. You should have a follow-up appointment scheduled with your surgeon for about a week after your surgery. At this appointment, they will check your incisions and make sure everything is healing properly.

2. Don’t forget to wear your compression garment! It’s important to wear a compression garment or ace wrap for at least six weeks after your surgery to help minimize swelling and support your incisions.

3. Be careful with your incisions. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and excessive movement of the arms to prevent scarring. Also, be sure not to pick at or pull on your stitches; let them dissolve on their own.

4. Take it easy on yourself. Although you may be feeling better, it’s important not to overdo it and put too much strain on your body while it’s still healing. Avoid strenuous activity and stick to low-impact exercises like walking or swimming.

Final Results of an Arm Lift

After an arm lift, patients can expect to see a noticeable difference in the appearance of their arms. The incisions will be visible, but will eventually fade and become less noticeable. Scars may also be present around the incision site. Patients should avoid strenuous activity or lifting heavy objects for at least six weeks to allow the incisions to heal properly.

Tips for Maximizing Results

Assuming you have had an arm lift surgery, here are a few tips to help maximize your results:

1. Follow all of your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care. This includes things like keeping the incisions clean and dry, taking prescribed medications, and attending follow-up appointments.

2. Be patient! It can take several weeks or even months for the full results of your arm lift to be visible.

3. Try to avoid activities that could put undue stress on your incisions, such as excessive lifting or vigorous exercise. If you have any concerns, be sure to ask your surgeon before returning to normal activity levels.

4. Keep an eye on your progress and let your surgeon know if you have any concerns about how your recovery is going.

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that you get the best possible results from your arm lift surgery!

Important Aftercare Instructions

The first few weeks after an arm lift are crucial to the success of the surgery. Here are some important aftercare instructions:

1. Keep your incisions clean and dry. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.

2. Take your antibiotics as prescribed. This will help prevent infection at the surgical site.

3. Limit your activity as directed by your surgeon. Too much activity can cause bleeding and swelling, which can lead to complications.

4. Monitor your swelling and report any increase to your surgeon immediately. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process, but too much swelling can indicate a problem.

5. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased redness, pain, or discharge from the incisions. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.


Three weeks post op arm lift is a critical period in your recovery and it’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions carefully. It will be intense, but you should start to feel better soon as you heal from surgery. Be sure to rest, care for yourself with good hydration and nutrition, stay active as much as possible within limits set by your doctor, and wear compression clothing for optimum results. With patience and determination, you can see fantastic benefits from this procedure!