Marisa Marques

Brachioplasty

(usually two days of hospitalization)

Relaxation of the axillary fascia with age, weight fluctuations, and gravitional pull, yields a “loose hammock” effect, resulting in a significant ptosis of the posteromedial arm. The primary indication for surgery is moderate to severe skin laxity of the arms with or without associated arm fat deposits.

Patients with longer arms and fat deposits usually have more laxity than patients with shorter arms, and therefore both liposuction and excisional arm lifting may be indicated. Moderate laxity problems of the arms may be managed by axillary resection and anchoring to the axillary fascia without longitudinal incision along the medial arm.
 
Postoperative care
Return to desk work may only take 1 to 2 weeks, whereas return to heavy physical activity may take several weeks.
 
Complications
The risk of lesser complications is more significant. These problems include delayed healing  (wound dehiscence, minor degrees of necrosis, poor scaring, suture reactions and infection), seromas, hematomas, dog-ears, areas of anesthesia or paresthesia.


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