Recovery After Brachioplasty

You have plastic surgery choices that can contour and reshape areas all over your body. Breast augmentation and tummy tuck procedures are some of the most popular picks. Requests for arm lifts, called a brachioplasty, increasing in frequency each year.  When we age or lose a significant amount of weight, our upper arms can sag and develop what are commonly called “bat wings.” If you have excess skin and fatty tissue on your upper arms that do not change with exercise, you could be a good candidate for an arm lift.


Recovery After Your Arm Lift Surgery in Lubbock


Patients in Lubbock should plan to have someone drive them home from surgery and stay with them for at least the first 24 hours. You need to have someone with you as you start your recovery and work through the last effects of anesthetics. You will have a drain from your incision for excess blood and fluids caused by surgery. Your surgeon will ask that you try to keep your arms elevated and as straight as possible. You will be fitted for compression garments for your arms as well. It is important to rest and follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully for a more successful recovery.


Getting Back into Your Life


Your recovery period will range from one to several weeks depending on how extensive your procedures is. Each patient will have his or her individual experience with recovery. Some people experience discomfort, bruising, swelling. Plan to take at least a week off work or other obligations to allow time to heal. Expect to be back to normal activities in 3-4 weeks. You can start an exercise routine in six weeks after your surgery.


The result of your arm lift is visible immediately, and after surgery the scarring will fade significantly over time. On the right patient, an arm lift can make a dramatic difference in appearance and give your arms a new youthful look.
One of the most important factors for the success of your plastic surgery is to choose an expert, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Jane Rowley has over twenty years experience helping her patients gain greater confidence in their physical appearance. Whether you are interested in a tummy tuck or an arm lift, Dr. Rowley will discuss options and procedures thoroughly with you. Find out more about her experience and caring staff at

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