5 days post op, how long should I try to keep my arm elevated after bracioplasty?

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Post op instructions

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Thanks for your question. My patients are provided with written post op instructions following all surgery. I normally advise my patients to keep arms elevated for 5-7 days. I would advise you to touch base with your physician for his/her specific instructions, as we all differ somewhat in our preferences.

5 days post op how long should I try to keep my arm elevated after bracioplasty?

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We generally advise our patients to elevate their arms for 5 days however this would depend on the degree of swelling. We also instruct our patients to avoid lifting or bearing any weight on your arms for several days to weeks.  You must stay out of the sun until the healing process is fully completed or skin in the treated area may develop irregular pigmentation and scars may become raised, red or dark.  

Good luck.

Stanley P. Gulin, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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Hello AngieDP, thank you for your question. I would suggest continuing with keeping your arms elevated for another 7-10 days. Arm elevation, salt avoidance, and arm compression minimize arm swelling which leads to a quicker recovery after an arm lift or brachioplatsy. In addition, minimal arm swelling leads to a better final arm scar. 

J. Timothy Katzen, M.D.

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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