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The 3 Important Stages of Brachioplasty Recovery


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is a surgery that can get rid of all your sagging extra fat dangling from your upper arms. But before you go into the surgery, you should know what the recovery process is going to be like. There are some important periods during the recovery process after your cosmetic procedure, and you need to prepare for them going in.

The Immediate Aftermath

Right after the surgery, you will be heavily bandaged and sedated. Even after you wake up, you will be in no
condition to drive yourself home—both mentally and physically. Make sure you have a ride home and someone to take care of you once you are there. Most brachioplasty surgeries are done on an outpatient basis, meaning that you go home on the same day of your surgery. But that doesn’t mean you will be in good shape.

Your Bandages

Because you have literally had a chunk of your arm removed, you will be heaving bandaged in special dressings. Often, the surgeon will also place drainage tubes as well to prevent liquid from building up and affecting the healing process.

The First Week

The first week is the most critical for your arm to properly heal. It is essential that you carefully follow any instructions your surgeon gave you. During this period, you should limit yourself to the bare minimum. Do not drive, and do not exert a lot of effort in any way. Take the time off work, and make sure you have help around the house.

 After a week, you should be able to return to work and return to your normal activities. It is usually around this time that your stitches and bandages will be removed. However, you might be given a compression garment, which will help the healing process but be much less intrusive and binding.

The First Month and Beyond

After the first month, you should be able to return to most of your normal life, including light aerobic activity. You will still have restricted should movement for about the first 4 weeks, however, and you should still hold out on heavy lifting and extreme exertion for a few extra weeks. Your surgeon should give you the all clear on all activities soon, as long as the healing process is going well. Within 6 months, the scars are usually barely noticeable.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask Dr. Steve Wallach.

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