Brachioplasty: Improves the contour of the arm by removing the excess skin and fat

Getting ready for brachioplasty

During the consultation we will determine the degree of skin loosening and the amount of excess fat. If the excess skin is minimal, a mini brachioplasty with or without liposuction should be enough to fix the problem. On the other hand, a complete brachioplasty must be performed in order to correct a larger of excess skin.

It is essential to stop smoking six weeks before and after the surgery. This measure reduces chances of delayed healing. Delayed healing is also more frequent in patients with diabetes or who are overweight.

Brachioplasty: surgery

This day surgery lasts between one and two hours depending on the technique used and is performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery, a dressing will be placed on the incisions as well as a compression garment. A drainage pipe will be also placed next to your elbow.

Recovery after brachioplasty

This surgery can cause moderate pain that is treated with prescribed medication and rest. A follow up consultation is scheduled one week after the surgery in order to remove the dressing and the drainage pipes. From that moment, you can start taking showers. Following the surgery, you must wear the compression garment day and night for three weeks and another three weeks during the day. The rest of the postoperative consultations are generally scheduled three weeks, three months and one year after the surgery. Intense physical activity must be avoided for six weeks. If your work does not require any physical activity you will be able to return after a few weeks but is recommended to stop working from four to six weeks. The final result is normally achieved two to three months after the surgery but it is possible that the scars display some redness for six to twelve months. The results of brachioplasty are long term, and if you maintain a healthy lifestyle you can enjoy well-defined arms for many years.

Possible complications

  • Infection: Can be prevented by strict hygiene before and after surgery. Rare infections are usually successfully treated with antibiotics.
  • Seroma: Liquid can sometimes accumulate after drain removal. This liquid can cause swelling or redness of the arm and may have to be evacuated by a puncture.
  • Bleeding: Rare, can sometimes require surgery to remove the blood that accumulates in the arm. This complication can sometimes be due to strenuous exercise short time after surgery
  • Healing problems: Some patients may develop hypertrophic scars or keloids following this surgery. These scars are treated with massage, silicone dressings or injections. The scars can also widen after surgery or present white or dark discoloration. These imperfections can be corrected if necessary 1 year after surgery.
  • Sensitivity: The skin on the inside of the arm may be insensitive for a period of about 3 months after surgery. You may also notice small areas of numbness around the scars. These symptoms usually disappear gradually but can be permanent in rare patients.
  • Delayed healing: Some patients may have an opening of the wound or skin necrosis. These situations occur primarily in patients with diabetes or smokers. These wounds are treated by dressing changes. They will eventually heal but will leave a larger scar.
  • Asymmetry: Asymmetry in the position of the scars or in the form of the arm may be noted. If deemed necessary a correction can be made one year after surgery.
  • Prolonged swelling: In rare cases the swelling persists beyond the usual 2-3 months period.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to get brachioplasty in Montreal?
    The price is $6,000 for a complete brachioplasty and $3,500 for a minor brachioplasty (small incision next to the armpits).
  • What is the fee for brachioplasty consultation in Montreal?
    $100 for 45 minutes.
  • Are there any financing plans to get a brachioplasty in Montreal?
    Yes. We can refer you to some financial institutions offering interest rates from 9,95% to 25.66% according to your credit rating, including the possibility to break down payments over a period of 6 months to 5 years. Loans are open and payable at any time. Although we do not encourage debt, we recommend this solution instead of the use of credit cards, which generally have higher interest rates.
  • When will I be able to drive again?
    You can drive once you stop taking the prescription drugs and when movement no longer causes any pain. Most patients are able to drive two weeks after the surgery.
  • When will I be able to get a shower?
    Unless otherwise indicated, you will be able to take a shower after the removal of the drainage pipes.
  • When will I be able to take a bath, go to a spa or swim?
    With the physician’s authorization, immersion in water is possible three weeks after the surgery.
  • What is the recovery time after brachioplasty?
    The bruises usually disappear in a week or two. The swelling could take up to three months to disappear. You will notice a major improvement by the time of your first post operatory consultation. The appearance of your arms will continue to improve as you recover and you will be able to appreciate the definitive results approximately three months after the surgery.
  • What happens if I have an emergency outside office hours?
    After the surgery we will provide you with emergency numbers.
  • When will the stitches be removed?
    The sutures are melting stitches, so there is no need to have them removed. The small knots on the sides of the scars may take longer to fall. If that is the case, they will be removed in the post operatory consultation three weeks after the surgery.

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