Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper arms. This results in a more toned and youthful appearance. The procedure is done under general anesthesia to ensure full comfort for the patient. An incision is made on the inside or back of the upper arm from the armpit to just above the elbow. Excess skin and fat are removed, leaving a fine line of a scar down the inner side of the arm. A drainage tube may be placed under the skin to help drain any excess fluid if needed. The incisions are then closed with stitches or staples.
The recovery process from brachioplasty can vary from person to person. However, there are some general things that you can expect. Most people report feeling some pain and discomfort immediately after surgery, this is normal and will typically subside within a few days. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to help manage any pain or discomfort you may experience.
You will have dressings or bandages on your incisions immediately after, and a compression garment for the arms will be worn for the first few weeks following surgery. Most people take approximately two weeks off from work or other regular activities to recover from surgery. After two weeks, most people are able to resume their normal activities with the restriction of heavy lifting.
There are several things you can do to help ensure a smooth and successful recovery from brachioplasty. First, follow all of your surgeon’s instructions carefully. This includes taking any prescribed medication and attending all follow-up appointments. Second, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. This will help your body heal properly. Third, avoid smoking. Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
Avoid any strenuous activity or anything that could raise your blood pressure. This includes lifting, pushing, or pulling objects. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop what you are doing and rest. If the pain is severe, you should contact your surgeon. They will be able to prescribe medication to help manage any pain or discomfort you may experience.
The main benefit of brachioplasty is improved appearance. This can result in increased confidence and self-esteem. The procedure can also help to improve the function of the upper arms. For example, if excess skin was causing pain or difficulty moving the arms, this may be alleviated after surgery. However, like any surgery, brachioplasty carries some risks. These include bleeding, infection, and reaction to anesthesia. There is also a small risk of nerve damage and blood clots. Your surgeon will cover all the risks and benefits associated with a brachioplasty prior to proceeding with surgery.
By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to a healthy and speedy recovery. If you have any questions or concerns about your own brachioplasty recovery, please contact us today at Chantilly Cosmetic surgery. Our team of experts is happy to help in any way we can!