What to Expect From Arm Contouring

What to Expect From Arm Contouring

What to Expect From Arm Contouring


What to Expect From Arm Contouring​​​​​​​

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Sometimes, exercise can only take you so far when it comes to having firm, tight, and toned arms. You may fail to achieve the results you desire. Do you have saggy upper arms due to significant weight loss or age? If so, you should learn more about an arm contouring procedure, also known as an arm lift. 


What Is Arm Contouring?

An arm lift is a cosmetic procedure meant to improve the appearance of your upper arms. During this procedure, also known as brachioplasty, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from between the elbow and armpit. The surgeon will then place the remaining skin back over the repositioned arm contours to create a toned look.


Why You Should Consider an Arm Lift

As many people age, the skin on their upper arms tends to become loose and sag. Significant weight loss can also lead to the drooping of the undersides of your upper arms. Of course, exercise can help improve your upper arm’s muscle tone. 

Unfortunately, it cannot address lost elasticity in excess skin. To improve your body image, you should consider undergoing an arm contouring procedure.


What to Expect

The results of a brachioplasty are almost immediately apparent. Initially, bruising and swelling will be present. However, the results will show as the bruising and swelling subside. You will also have a scar where your cosmetic surgeon made an incision, but this should become less noticeable over time. 


Before the Procedure

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for arm contouring is to consult a doctor. Your surgeon will also help you understand the steps you need to take before surgery. 

Your surgeon will show you before and after photos of other patients with similar body types to give you an idea of what to expect. An arm lift involves the use of local or general anesthesia and can take up to three hours. 


After the Procedure

Your surgeon will cover your arms in bandages or dressing. To minimize swelling, your doctor may wrap your arms in a compression garment or elastic bandage. He/she may also place a slim tube under your skin to temporarily provide drainage. 

Your doctor will also give you instructions to follow at home, schedule a follow-up appointment, and prescribe medications. You should limit activity and keep your support garments on per your doctor’s instructions. You should be ready to perform certain activities within two or three weeks and your normal activities within one-and-a-half months. However, this will depend on how carefully you follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions. 

To help manage your pain, your surgeon may prescribe medication. Elevating your arms can also help minimize the swelling during recovery. Arm contouring is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures people request after significant weight loss. 

Good candidates are those at a stable, healthy weight, as well as those with significant skin sagging. You should not have any serious underlying medical condition. Furthermore, you should have realistic expectations.

To learn more about arm contouring, visit Jason K. Potter, MD, DDS, at our office in Dallas, Texas. You can call 214-892-2474 today to schedule an appointment.​​​​​​​