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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

How Can I Avoid Scars After My Arm Lift?

Posted February 07, 2023 in Arm Lift, Plastic Surgery Scars

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Every invasive cosmetic procedure results in some scarring. Fortunately, for most plastic surgery procedures, these scars are located in areas of the body where they can be concealed or hidden (in natural creases or in areas often covered by undergarments). 

A doctor's gloved hand holding a woman's underarm fat, with arrows on the arm skin to show the arm lift correction

However, arm lift surgery is different in that the resulting scars can be visible, especially when the arms are raised — which happens more in a day than we tend to realize. 

While visible scarring may cause you to feel self-conscious, the good news is that there are several ways that the appearance of arm lift surgery scars can be minimized, improving your already stunning arm lift results even further.

Where Are Arm Lift Incisions and Scars Located?

Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) requires an incision to be made in the underside of the upper arm. This incision allows Dr. Messa to make the necessary corrections and create your desired toned arm contour. When the arms are at rest, these resulting scars are not visible; however, when you lift them in sleeveless clothes, the scars can be apparent. 

Because most women and men undergo arm lift surgery to show off their newly contoured arms (in short-sleeved shirts, dresses, bathing suits, or during intimate times), these scars can be frustrating.

How Can I Minimize Scars After Arm Lift Surgery?

Here are some things you can do to help limit the presence and appearance of arm lift scars.

Limit Arm Movement During Recovery

As with any plastic surgery procedure, it is important to follow your post-op instructions. The reasons for these instructions are twofold: to speed up your recovery time and to ensure the best results possible (including the appearance of scars). 

One of the most important things to do after your arm lift procedure is to refrain from strenuous activities, especially those involving the arms. Not allowing your arms the rest they need can cause the incisions to widen or even separate, leaving you with a larger and more noticeable scar. 

This means that you should not return to exercise or lifting until after you are cleared to do so by Dr. Messa.

Stay Out of the Sun

It is important that you stay out of direct sunlight during your recovery, especially when the incisions are just starting to heal. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause hyperpigmentation in the incision area, making the scar more visible. 

Even after your incision is healed, you will want to limit sun exposure in that area and wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when you are outside.

Use Topical Treatments 

There are many topical treatments to help minimize the appearance of your arm lift scars. Scar-fading creams and silicone strips are two of the most effective. They work by helping the applied area retain moisture, helping skin cells beneath and around the incision remain healthy and regenerate more efficiently.  

Undergo Laser Treatments

For patients who struggle with noticeable scars after their arm lift, laser treatments can be performed, which can help limit their visibility. 

With laser skin resurfacing treatments, collagen production is stimulated, and pigmentation concerns within and around the scar can be minimized to help you achieve a smoother and more blemish-free appearance.

Interested in Learning More About Arm Lift Surgery?

At Weston Cosmetic Surgery, we look forward to helping you look and feel your absolute best. 

If you have questions about arm lift surgery, including how to minimize the scars from the procedure, please call us at (954) 659-7760 or fill out our online form

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