BRACHIOPLASTY (ARM LIFT)
Brachioplasty is the procedure commonly referred to as an arm lift. The arm lift reshapes the arm by removing excess skin after major weight loss from the elbow to the armpit resulting in a smoother and tighter arm. This reshaping of the arm contours the body and returns self-confidence to boost your appearance.
What does the procedure consist of?
During this procedure, Dr. Campos-Leon makes an incision in your inner-arm and removes the extra folds of skin and fat, then sews the remaining skin skillfully to make it smoother and tighter. More details will be discussed during consultation.
What is recovery like?
After the procedure, dressings or bandages are applied to the areas of incisions. Compression garments must be worn during recovery to minimize swelling and to support the back as it heals. A drainage system is inserted near the incisions in order to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect. Dr. Campos-Leon will provide more details about aftercare following the procedure.
During the first days, the arms may be swollen and some discomfort or pain may appear. This can be controlled with medication that the doctor indicates. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the patient is discharged after a few hours, or may remain in hospital for 1 to 2 days. At first it is necessary to avoid all kinds of physical efforts, however walking is very important. The external skin points are removed between 7 and 21 days after the procedure, and the suction drainage one week later.
SOME SYMPTOMS THAT MAY OCCUR ARE THE FOLLOWING:
Moderate pain, this may appear in the immediate postoperative period, and is relieved with analgesics.
Small bleeding and / or sero-bloody discharge from the incision in the first 48 hours.
Slight increase in temperature (up to 38º C) in the first 48 hours.
Swelling in the arms. This gradually diminishes, disappearing around the third week.
Small areas with bruises in the arms and upper body, which will gradually disappear around the fourth week.
The sensitivity of the arms will be decreased in the postoperative period, progressively normalizing.