Brachioplasty- After Care Instructions
After surgery, you will have special garments on your arms that are meant to reduce swelling. However, these will also limit your mobility. It would be best that you have someone at home to help you get around the house for the first 3 days. Do not drive for 7-10 days. Please wear your arm compression binder continuously for 14 days. You can take it off to shower on day 3 per Dr. Camp’s instructions.
It is important to walk and only lift your arms less than 90 degrees at the shoulder for the first 10-14 days to minimize tension on the suture line. Sleep with your arms on 2-3 pillows to minimize swelling. This will improve the quality of your scar.
After your surgery, start with a liquid diet and then progress to a regular diet. Make sure to eat a light snack when you take the pain pills, as they can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
You will have skin tape on your incisions for 3 weeks. Do not peel off this tape. It is helping you have a thin scar. It will come off after a few weeks as the adhesive degrades. You can shower with this on your incision sites.
After the tape is removed Biocorneum scar gel will be provided to maximize wound healing beginning at week 3. This is to be applied twice daily to the scar for 3 months.
Keep your drainage bulbs collapsed and please record time and amounts of drainage over a 24-hour period. All patients heal differently according to many factors. Dr. Camp will make the decisions regarding drain removal and necessity of office visits. (Generally the drains will be removed when the drainage is 30cc or less in a 24-hour period, which usually occurs in 5-7 days.) You may shower 24 hours after the drains are removed.
Do not lift anything heavier than 10 lbs for 3 weeks. It is good to walk for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times per day. Do not run, lift weights, play tennis, or golf for 3-4 weeks. (Keep your heart rate under 100 for 3 weeks.) You may begin swimming 4 weeks post-operatively.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY
Moderate swelling of your arms is to be expected. You may find that your clothes may not fit as easily as before. Be patient. The swelling will gradually subside and you will be back to normal in 3 to 6 months.
Due to the removal of tissue from your arms, there is a certain amount of tightness that is to be expected. This will slowly relax within 6 months.
Infrequently after surgery, you may have fluid in the arms after the drains are removed. If this happens, please contact our office, as Dr. Camp will want to see you to remove the fluid.
If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 100°), redness and/or increased pain at the surgical incision sites please call Dr. Camp immediately.
It is important to be seen by Dr. Camp after your initial post-op checks. He will see you in follow-up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year post-op. We will make these appointments for you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL DR. CAMP
If you need immediate care, please call Dr. Camp anytime on his cell. There is no such thing as a minor question. I would rather you call me than wonder and not do the right thing, so please call my office, or email me anytime.