Brachioplasty is used to stretch the inner skin of the upper arm.
The most common reasons for the procedure
The skin on the inner arm is loose.
Before the procedure
A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure.
D DAY – 30: It is highly recommended that patients quit smoking.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin can be taken.
Some types of anaesthesia require fasting six hours prior to surgery.
Average duration: 1 hour.
An incision is made in a fold in the armpit, either horizontally or lengthwise, depending on the technique chosen by the surgeon. Excess skin is removed and the sutures are placed in the axillary space. The incision is then covered with a compression bandage.
After the procedure
Bruising and swelling may appear, but they will be gone within ten to twenty days of the surgery. There isn’t normally much pain, although there may be some tugging and shooting pain. All sudden stretching movements should be avoided while the scars are healing. Depending on the patient’s type of work, they can go back after one to three weeks.
It takes six to twelve months to see the final result. Scars are usually visible, especially if the incision was made lengthwise.
Patients receive a complete information sheet about the procedure during their first consultation. It must be read carefully to enable a decision with all relevant information in hand.