- What is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty is an operation that is performed to straighten the arm skin, which is sagging especially in patients who lose weight. Thus, the patients will have firmer arms.
- Brachioplasty is applied to which patients?
Although the lipids are lost in the arms of the patients who lose weight, unfortunately the skin remains the same and starts to sag. Especially in patients with poor collagen structure, in elderly patients and obese patients, sagging becomes even more visible after weight loss. It can be applied to the patients who were obese and who lose weight with or without surgery and who have sagging arm skin as a result and the patients who have sagging arm skin due to age.
- Do diseases such as diabetes, asthma, blood pressure prevent brachioplasty?
Although these diseases may adversely affect wound healing, they do not interfere with surgery if treatment is appropriately performed.
- How to prepare before Brachioplasty? Which examinations are done?
First, the following tests and examinations are applied to each patient before surgery
- Blood biochemistry tests
- Hepatitis tests
- Whole arm ultrasound
- EKG (Cardiac radiography)
- Chest radiography
After these tests Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Chest Diseases perform necessary examinations and investigations. Relevant specialists will make recommendations about pre-operative treatments if necessary. Thus, the problems that may arise during and after the surgery are reduced to the minimum.
- How is brachioplasty performed?
The entire procedure is performed under general anesthesia. An incision of about 15 cm is made on the inside of the arms from the armpit to the elbow. Excess arm skin is removed and the ends are sewn again with aesthetic sutures. The skin is aesthetically re-sutured by putting drains called hemovac in order to get the fluids that accumulate under the skin. The arm is closed with elastic bandage.
- Why is blood thinner used in brachioplasty?
During each surgery, there is a possibility of blocking blood vessels with intravascular blood clots. This can lead to serious problems when it is a vessel that feeds vital organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. As the weight of the patients increases, the risk of embolism increases. There is a high possibility of embolism (blood clot), especially in overweight patients. Because of this, blood thinner is given to these patients.
- Will there be pain after brachioplasty?
There is very little pain after brachioplasty intervention. Still, the phrase “she/he had a surgery, of course there will be pain” is extremely wrong. No patient should feel pain in the 21st century. Pain is completely avoided by administering post-operative analgesic to each patient. The important point here is this: Pain threshold of each person is different. Again, drug tolerance and bioavailability from the drug are different. Therefore, treatment cannot be standard. The pain relief treatment should be regulated separately depending on the needs of each patient.
- Will there be a scar after brachioplasty?
Since the incisions are aesthetically sutured, the aesthetic results are also fairly good. Since the scar starts from the armpit and extends downward on the inner face of the arm, it remains a thin line that will not be noticed from outside during normal posture. After a few months, these lines will become almost invisible. After the wound heals, you will be recommended a cream for less scar appearance. You will get much better aesthetic results if you use it for three months.
- When does nutrition start after brachioplasty?
Nutrition can be started on the evening of the surgery.
- Is it possible to get up and go back to work immediately after the surgery?
It is possible to stand up in the evening of the surgery. In a week, you can go out and do your daily work. It is best to wait for a month to return to work.
- When are the stitches removed after brachioplasty?
It is not necessary to take the stitches as dissolvable stitches are frequently used. If a non-dissolvable stitch is used for a different reason, the stitch is checked and removed when you arrive for a follow-up on the tenth day.
- When can you have a shower after brachioplasty?
You can take a shower when you’re out of the hospital. There is no problem with the sutures getting open and wet. After showering, dry with a clean towel, apply batticon on the sutures and wait for them to dry. Batticon does not cause permanent stain in your clothes. There is no need to use batticon after the tenth day.