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What To Do After Cosmetic Surgery....Post Op Instruction...Brachioplasty (upper armlift)

Updated on December 10, 2011


This is a continuation of my series of Post Operative Instructions for Cosmetic Surgery. These particular instructions are pertaining to Upper Arm correction surgery. This type of surgery is usually performed after excessive weight loss. Compared to other types of cosmetic surgeries this is not a particularly popular surgery. However, of course, we do have post op instructions for upper arm lift surgery.

Immediately After The Surgery For Upper Armlift (Brachioplasty)

  • Minimal activity for the first week after surgery.
  • Leave the surgical compression sleeves on until otherwise instructed.
  • Avoid strenuous activity/exercise for at least 6 weeks.
  • Avoid exposing scars to sunlight for at least 6 weeks.
  • Avoid heaving lifting of any kind.

You Can Expect

  • Incisions that may extend down to elbow.
  • Sutures/staples to be removed 7-10 days post operative.
  • Moderate discomfort, which should be relieved by the pain medication(s).
  • Moderate swelling and bruising around the arms.
  • There may be some bloody drainage on the dressings/bandages.
  • Clear/light pink fluid oozing from the incision.

Call The Office If You Experience

  • Severe pain not responding to pain medication(s).
  • Excess swelling or swelling that is exceptionally greater in one arm than the other.
  • A bright red spot on the dressing(s) that continues to enlarge and isn't controlled by light pressure.
  • Incisions that appear to be opening or becoming very red, hot to the touch or containing purulent drainage.
  • A fever.
  • Call your physician if you have any questions.



As was stated this is from the prospective of someone that actually works for a doctor that practices Cosmetic Surgery. Of course your doctor will give you specific post operative instructions for Upper Arm lift (brachioplasty), and these are to be followed to the letter. This can simply serve as a backup plan.


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    • fastfreta profile image

      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I've learned a lot about these types of surgeries lately, and my curiosity is satiated about most of these procedures. Thanks for stopping again.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I never knew all the ins and outs but suspected that because when really fat people loose weigh drastically I always thought the loose skin. What is happening to it? Thank you for a great hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Veronica for weighing so quickly. I only know because I watch television, and I've seen it done on several TV shows.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I had no idea there was a procedure like this! I guess if you have the funds, you can have just about anything nipped and tucked.

      I rate this up and voted. :)