Bulge at elbow after Arm Lift.
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Arm lift brachioplasty Arm seroma Arm surgery after massive weight loss
Arms seromas are rare, but can occur after an arm lift or brachioplasty. Typically, arm seromas occur around the elbow. They are fluid filled cysts. Around the elbow, arm seromas can be the size of a small grape, but can become the size of a large golf ball. In other body parts, seromas can even become larger. If it is just an arm seroma, usually fluid aspiration and cyst removal will resolve the issue. Usually, the skin bounces back and no skin revision as needed. If it is a large seroma, some skin will need to be removed.
Contour Irregularity Following Brachioplasty
It's not unusual for patients to have contour irregularities near their elbows following brachioplasty. This can occur for a variety of reasons including swelling, inflammation and the wound healing process itself. In the majority of cases, these lumps and bumps improve with the passage of time. In other cases, lumps near the elbow may be related to excess skin and fat. Under these circumstances, revision brachioplasty or liposuction may be indicated at a later date.
It's important to realize that wound healing is a dynamic process which can last for 12 to 18 months. For this reason, it's important to be patient and give wound healing a chance. If your bump is still present after 4 to 6 months, a relatively minor procedure should easily address this problem. In the interim, it's important to maintain good communication with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to get you through this experience and help you obtain an optimal result.
There is less removed a the two ends of the ellipse
The middle of it has more removed than the two ends- the armpit and the elbow. Added to this inherent issue is the fatty tissue at the elbow. So some liposuction can be added there to help the bulge shrink, and the skin over this may shrink too.
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2 weeks out - still need more time
2 weeks after arm lift (brachioplasty) - you need to allow the edema to resolve. Gravity will often times pull the fluid toward the elbow. You really need to wait about 3 months before any revisions should be undertaken.
After a significant removal of upper arm skin, there is often some laxity left along the elbow. Liposuction can help remove any additional fat and should help to tighten the overlying skin.
Hang in there. Congratulations on your arm lift!!!
- Bryson G. Richards, MD
Bulge at elbow
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