Joseph Serota, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Do Arm Lift Scars Fade?

By admin May 25, 2020

If you feel self-conscious about sagging skin on your upper arms, an arm lift, brachioplasty, may be an excellent solution for you. During this surgical body contouring procedure, excess hanging skin is trimmed from the arm. 

Scars are an unfortunate and unavoidable side effect of arm lift surgery. While there is nothing that can be done to avoid arm lift scars completely, Dr. Serota will work carefully to conceal the scars as much as possible.

It takes quite a while for a scar to heal. During the first few months after an arm lift procedure, it is normal for the skin along the incision to appear bright red. The skin may also be raised. While the scar is healing, most patients are able to easily conceal their scar. The location of the incision ensures that the scar should not be noticeable unless a patient has their arms raised. Patients can be confident that as the scar continues to heal the appearance of it will become less noticeable. Although scars will fade, they may not disappear entirely. 

To help improve the appearance of arm lift scars, consider the following tips:

  • Follow all your plastic surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery.
  • Make sure you keep the wound clean.
  • Remember to rest and allow your body to heal.
  • Do not pick at the scars if they become itchy. Itchiness is a sign of your skin tightening and healing.
  • When you have been approved to do so try massaging the scars; this promotes blood circulation around the wound.
  • If you have any concerns, contact your surgeon right away.

If loose, upper arm skin is affecting your confidence, you may be an ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure. To learn more about arm lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota by contacting Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or website.

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