Brachioplasty is a procedure designed specifically to address the laxity of skin and tissue on the arms. As a result of aging or significant weight loss, skin on the arms can lose elasticity and become resistant to weight training or exercise. The surgical removal of excess tissue results in a more toned, well-defined appearance of the arms.

 

About the procedure:

Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes two to three hours. Most patients undergoing brachioplasty will stay in the hospital for a few hours post surgery.

 

Post- operative instructions:

  • Following the operation, you will wake up with a compression garment around the arms.
  • Occasionally, patients complain of nausea following the operation. This generally passes after 24 to 48 hours, and is minimized by consuming liquids frequently and avoiding taking pain medication on an empty stomach.
  • Once home, you may get up to use the bathroom or to take a light walk around the house.
  • The compression garment must stay in place for two days, after which you may remove it to shower. With the exception of showering, the compression garment must be worn at all times, day and night, for four weeks after the procedure.
  • You will be able to resume driving after one or two weeks depending on how you feel, though it should be avoided when taking pain medication, which causes drowsiness.
  • Light exercise, such as walking or using a stationary bike, may be resumed after at least two weeks. Heavy exercise and heavy lifting are not permitted for at least six weeks after the procedure.

 

The healing process:

  • Unlike more limited plastic surgery operations, brachioplasty involves a careful recovery.
  • Following the procedure, the arms will be swollen, bruised and sore. Pain medication may be used as prescribed whenever experiencing discomfort. Swelling and bruising will take several weeks or longer to subside.
  • Most patients require one week off work.
  • The incision may be raised, red and hard to the touch for several months. The scars will soften and fade over time.
  • The final results of the procedure can be judged six months to one year after the operation.

 

Follow-up appointments:

  • First follow-up: One week after the operation
  • Second follow-up: Three weeks after the operation
  • Subsequent appointments will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Dr. Sati, MD.