Congratulations! You’ve just had an arm lift and are on your way to a more confident you in those short tee-shirts and tanks! We know that you are excited and ready to show your arms to the world. So now that the loose skin on and around your arms is tight from your lift, it's important to build muscle in your arms to have long lasting results.
Getting an arm lift is great for removing excess skin, but we recommend you follow some light arm exercises (once you are able) to build the muscle around your new firm skin. Here are 3 simple exercises you can do after an arm lift to maintain well-defined arms.
Please note: You should consult Dr. Fischer before starting any exercise routine!
While in Recovery
In the 6 to 8 weeks that you are in recovery, you will want to avoid doing any strenuous exercises because you could end up hurting yourself and your surgery site. Keeping your exercises light will help the healing process and get you on your way to full recovery.
Exercise #1: Walking
Going for a simple walk is a great way to exercise your arms. While this may seem like a no-brainer, walking really can have a marked influence on your recovery. Use gentle arm movements while you walk to help keep blood flowing. Just remember that you may have soreness or swelling during this period, so you should take it easy and don’t overdo it until you have the OK to begin doing more rigorous exercises.
It's important to note that each person's recovery will be different. Even once you have been cleared for exercise, you don't have to begin a new routine right away. Maybe it's a few days after, maybe it's a few weeks or months after. You'll know when it feels right to start toning your new arms.
That being said, once you've received Dr. Fischer's approval to return to normal physical activity and exercise, there are a few more specific movements that can target the arms to build muscle and strength.
Exercise #2: Tricep Extensions
The first of our recommended exercises is tricep extensions. To do these, simply sit or stand with your feet shoulder distance apart. Holding a 1-2 lb weight, extend your arms above and slightly behind your head, then gently lower the weight and lift it back up again. Do this for two sets of 10-12 reps at first, and add more as you continue with your routine.
Tricep extensions have the benefit of targeting the muscles in the back of your upper arms, a prime are of concern for arm lift patients. They are also easy to do and require no special equipment. In fact, if you don't have a 1-2 lb weight laying around, you can always substitute a water bottle or can of beans!
Exercise #3: Tricep Dips
Another tried and true exercise to keep your under arms looking great is the tricep dip. This one can definitely be a challenge for those with little upper body strength, but it's worth the effort you'll put into it.
All you need for this exercise is a bench, sofa, or a stable coffee table. You then face away from the prop and place your hands on the surface. Then allow yourself to be supported by your arms, slowly lowering yourself down and back up. Again, we recommend beginning with two sets of 10-12 reps, adding more as you build the muscles in your upper arms.
Before you try any exercises after your arm lift surgery, you must consult your doctor first. The recovery period is a time where you should rest your arms and let your body’s natural healing process take place. After your recovery though, you can get back to your usual workout routines.
Are you thinking about getting an arm lift? Contact Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Beverly Fischer. Let us help you start to achieve those confident, defined arms that you deserve!