After surgery you will be observed for an hour or two in the recovery room before being taken home by your support person. We can arrange an overnight stay at a nearby facility if you prefer. Although this is generally not a painful procedure, we will ensure you have adequate postoperative pain relief.
After surgery you will be advised to tape the scar for up to three months and to wear a supporting elastic sleeve for some of this time. We will review your progress as often as necessary for up to one year.
Returning to normal activity varies from one to three weeks, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it takes time to see the final result. In the case of an arm reduction, it will be at least six months. You also should be aware that almost all body contouring procedures can be enhanced by a second procedure six months to a year later. This is because tightened skin always relaxes in the weeks after surgery and there is a limit as to how tightly your skin can be drawn during surgery and how much fat can be taken away without creating irregularities. The scarring from extended brachioplasty can take six months to fully mature, or longer in some cases.