Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that improves contour of the upper arm. Soft tissue laxity that may occur with weight loss or natural aging can be removed, leaving a scar that runs from the armpit to the elbow.
This procedure is done under general anesthetic. Dressings over the incisions are held in place with compression bandages initially. Small drainage tubes may be inserted during surgery. These drains will need to be emptied and the output recorded. Patients will have limited use and range of motion of their arms for the first 7 – 10 days post operatively and will require assistance once home. A homecare nurse will visit patients home/hotel room to assess the incisions and teach patients and their care givers how to change the dressings and manage their drains. Once the drains are removed and the incisions are healed, patients may be placed in a supportive garment (pressure sleeve). These are worn for 4 – 6 weeks.
Our office nursing staff will see patients in follow-up as required 5 – 10 days after surgery.
Though rare, post-operative complications are possible. They may include infection, hematoma, delayed wound healing, and permanent sensory changes in the area.
Dr. Smith will see brachioplasty patients 4 – 6 month after their surgery to assess their result and take post-operative photographs.