Houston Arm Lift

Am I a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

How Will Dr. Barrera Evaluate Me for an Arm Lift?

How is an Arm Lift Performed?

Understanding Risks

Your Surgical Experience

The goal of Dr. Barrera and his surgical team is to make your surgical experience as easy and as comfortable as possible.


If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of the surgery. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued prior to surgery. If your hair is short, you may want it to grow out enough to cover your incisions while they heal. Any chemical processing of your hair should be performed prior to surgery since you cannot have any of these procedures for a month of more after surgery. If your arm lift will be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Day of Surgery

Dr. Barrera performs all aesthetic surgery procedures at his our Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Facility (AAAASF) under IV sedation & local anesthesia, without the need for general anesthesia (painless during and minimal pain afterwards). This provides added safety and faster recovery. Most patients are able to go home within an hour from the end of the 4 to 5 hour procedure with minimal discomfort.


It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes to recover from surgery varies greatly between individuals. Elevation of the head is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling. Dr. Barrera may also advise you to use ice packs intermittently. You should avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for the first few days after your surgery. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke should be avoided to prevent delays in the healing process.

Once the dressings and drains are removed, puffiness and discoloration may be more pronounced in some portions of the face than others. Do not be alarmed by any unevenness or temporary asymmetry – this is normal. Most swelling is usually noted in the first 24 to 48 hours, and most bruising resolves within 2 weeks. Concealing makeup is usually permitted after the first week. You may experience numbness to the face post-operatively, which usually resolves within several months.

Some patients find that mild swelling persists for many weeks.

Most stitches are removed within a week of the surgery. Straining, bending, and lifting should be avoided during the early post-operative period as these activities may predispose you to bleeding.

Dr. Barrera will give you specific instructions that may include caring for the dressings and incisions, directions for your analgesics and other medications, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up in the office to monitor your healing process. It may take several months for the swelling to fully resolve, and up to 6 months for the incision scars to fully fade. Avoidance of factors that could reduce the benefits of the surgery, such as excessive unprotected sun exposure and cigarette use, is vital.

Results of Your Arm Lift

The results of your arm lift may be subtle or dramatic, depending on your appearance prior to the surgery as well as the specific goals that you and your plastic surgeon have established. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait several weeks for an accurate picture of your “new look”. Additional minor changes or settling may occur over several months following your arm lift surgery.

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before image of patient who underwent an arm lift by Dr. Barrera in Houston, TX
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