How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Initially, you'll talk to a plastic surgeon about an arm lift. During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had.
  • Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine the undersides of your upper arms. The doctor might also take pictures of your arms for your medical record.
  • Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want an arm lift and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks, including scarring.

Before an arm lift you might also need to:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.
  • Avoid certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
  • Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you as you begin to recover.
Aug. 28, 2012