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A brachioplasty may be combined with several other procedures following massive weight loss:
Anesthesia: A brachioplasty (arm lift) is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Length of procedure: 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 2 to 4 weeks and should avoid vigorous activities for at least 4 weeks. Visible bruising should clear up within 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 3 weeks. To avoid arm swelling, we typically recommend that you wear compressive wraps on your arms for several weeks after surgery. To learn how to prepare for a brachioplasty and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions.
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, some inner arm numbess, possibly elbow numbess, and a few spitting sutures. Scars from brachioplasty are variable but they have a greater tendency to widen or develop redness compared with other cosmetic surgery scars. Drain tubes lasting 5 to 10 days are placed. An injectable blood thinner called Lovenox® may be used for 5 to 10 days after surgery to prevent blood clots. On occasion, delays in wound healing may occur. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of a brachioplasty (arm lift).
Before-and-after photos: Click here to view photos of arm and thigh lifts.