It is important that you read this information carefully and completely. Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue from the axilla and upper arm. Brachioplasty is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Obese individuals who intend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body-contouring surgery until they have reached a stable weight. There are a variety of different techniques used by Cosmetic/Plastic surgeons for brachioplasty. Brachioplasty can be combined with other forms of body-contouring surgery, including liposuction or other elective surgeries.
Alternative Treatments: Brachioplasty is an elective surgical operation. Alternative forms of management consist of not treating the areas of loose skin and fatty deposits. Liposuction may be a surgical alternative to brachioplasty if there is good skin tone and localized fatty deposits in an individual of normal weight. Diet and exercise regimens may be benefit in the overall reduction of excess body fat. Risks and potential complications are also associated with alternative surgical forms of treatment.
Risks of Brachioplasty Surgery: Every surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them. In addition, every procedure has limitations. An individualb s choice to undergo a surgical procedure is based on the comparison of the risks to potential benefit. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your surgeon to make sure you completely understand all possible consequences of brachioplasty.
Bleeding: It is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Intraoperative blood transfusions may be required. Should post-operative bleeding occur, it may require an emergency treatment to drain the accumulated blood or blood transfusion. Do not take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications for 14 days before surgery, as this may increase the risk of bleeding. Non-prescription b herbsb and dietary supplements can increase the risk of bleeding. Hematoma can occur at any time following injury. If blood transfusions are needed to treat blood loss, there is a risk of blood-related infections such as hepatitis and HIV (AIDS). Heparin medications that are used to prevent blood clots in veins can produce and decrease blood platelets.
Infection: Infection is unusual after surgery. Should an infection occur, additional treatment including antibiotics, hospitalization, or additional surgery may be necessary.
Change in Sensation It is common to experience diminished (or loss) of skin sensation in areas that have had surgery. It is rare to experience permanent changes in sensation in the hands and forearms after brachioplasty. Diminished (or complete loss of skin sensation) may not totally resolve after brachioplasty.
Skin Contour Irregularities: Contour irregularities and depressions may occur after brachioplasty. Visible and palpable wrinkling of skin can occur. Residual skin irregularities at the ends of the incisions or b dog earsb re always a possibility as is skin pleating, when there is excessive redundant skin. This may improve with time, or can be surgically corrected.
Skin Discoloration/Swelling: Bruising and swelling normally occurs following brachioplasty. The skin in or near the surgical site can appear either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Although uncommon, swelling (including the forearms and hands) and skin discoloration may persist for long periods of time and, in rare situations, may be permanent.