Is It Common to Use Local Anesthesia for Brachioplasty Revision?
- Asked by moosie1234 in USA
- 4 years ago
I had a Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) done in early 2009. The surgeon and I agreed a revision would be a good idea to remove the remaining excess hanging skin. He has suggested doing this in his office with local anesthesia...I will be awake. Yikes..
Is it routine to do such a procedure in an office (not a surgery center) with only a local? I think if I see him cutting my arm flesh off I'll pass out! Has anyone removed excess skin all the way along the length of both arms in an office with just a local? Thanks for your input!
Arm Lift Revision
Yes, I have. However, I counsel patients carefully prior to having them undergo any procedures under local that are more extensive because of the very concerns you’ve expressed. You may wish to rethink your decision even though it may have economic consequences. You will be a lot happier if you do this under anesthesia in a regular outpatient facility and your surgeon is perfectly capable of doing what he thinks you and he want, but it sounds like you have too many reservations to execute this procedure while you are fully awake under local anesthesia.
Web reference: http://www.paulvanekmd.com/photo-gallery/body/brachioplasty
Arm lift revision
Scar Revision Armlifting?
Thank you for the question.
Unfortunately, the scars that result from arm lifting surgery may be problematic; scar revision surgery is often necessary. This procedure may be done under local or general anesthesia. This decision should be made mutually by patient and surgeon after discussion of the pros/cons of each type of anesthesia.
I hope this helps.
A revision brachioplasty can be performed under local anesthesia
A revision brachioplasty can surgely be performed under local anesthesia in an office. This can be a cost effective way to further improve the results. The trade off is that it will be less comfortable and may take longer versus performing this with sedation or general anesthesia as an outpatient.
If there is any doubt about you tolerating this approach including regarding the pain issue or anxiety, then elect to do the procedure either with the sedation or with general anesthesia - it will make your experience more pleasant though it will cost a bit more.
Web reference: http://www.turkeltaub.com
Brachioplasty(arm lift) revision anesthesia options
Local anesthesia can be a viable option for revision arm lift surgery. Revisions in an office setting can be very cost effective but there is some discomfort as a trade off. Often some oral sedation can make even a larger procedure under local anesthesia not only possible but a good option. Personally, I get a little faint when I get blood drawn so IV sedation in an approved facility looks better.
Local anestesia is only advised for revisions if you are able to relax.
It is common to have revisional surgeries under local anestesia if you are able to handle it. It is easier for you and your surgeon if you are relaxed and not full of anxiety. You will be injected with numbing medication and should not feel much. Local also involved oral medication to help you relax. The injections may be the worst part. If you feel you may be a little anxious about it, schedule general or even a twilight procedure.
Brachioplasty scar revison
It is certainly acceptable to perform a scar revision on a brachioplasty scar under local anesthesia.
Brachioplasty revision can be done under local in an OR
A brachioplasty scar can be reivsed under local in an office setting, however if you will require a more involved skin excision and or fat removal you will likely need to have this done in an operating room. This will help prevent infection and if you need more anesthesia, it can be done in a safer fashion this way.
Please consult a board certified plastic surgeon before undergoing your revision.
Web reference: http://www.williambrunomd.com
Brachioplasty can be done in the office OR.
It is not unusual to perform scar revision surgery in the office operating room. In fact, many of us (including myself) do the actual brachioplasty surgery in the office operating room with relatively light sedation. I do not disagree with a general anesthesia and stil do this occasionally for patients who are not good candidates for a procedure without general anesthesia.
Understand, this is a AAAASF certified operating room and not just a minor procedure room. I have included a video for your reference.
Web reference: http://www.yorkyates.com/utah/body-contour/brachioplasty/
Local anesthesia for scar or contour revision
Scar Revision following Brachioplasty (Body Contouring Surgery) is a common procedure performed under local anesthesia in an office setting. However, Contour Revision combined with Scar Revision may require a return to the operating room with a greater level of anesthesia depending on the extent of the revision that you require.
Prior to revision of any Body Contouring Surgery site, it is important to compare, with your Plastic Surgeon, your pre-operative photos with your most recent post-operative photos. If your main goal is improvement in the appearance of the scar, and you only wish to have a portion of the scar revised, then an in office procedure is the most economical way to proceed. However, if you are unhappy with the shape of your arm (contour) as well as the look of the scar, then you may need a return visit to the operating room to achieve an optimum outcome.
A frank conversation with your Plastic Surgeon is the best way to proceed.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.