What's the recommended sleeping position during recovery from extended armlift?
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Arm lift position post-op
Look for a surgeon who is a member of the Royal College of Plastic Surgeons or American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The usual position is a slightly flexed arm, elevated on several pilllows but it varies with surgeon's preference and personal experience. Best wishes.
Sleep Position Following Brachioplasty
It's not unusual for patients to be concerned about scarring following brachioplasty surgery. This problem can occur for a variety of reasons following this type of procedure.
In an effort to minimize scarring, surgeons often limit activity in the post-operative period. This, hopefully, minimizes scar spread, especially across the joint surfaces where the closure may be stressed by excessive range of motion. For this reason, we generally recommend that patients sleep in a recliner chair following surgery. This is more comfortable for patients and, hopefully, avoids excess flexion and extension of the elbow.
It's important to realize that each surgeon has his own post-operative regimen. For this reason, it's appropriate to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to discuss his recommendation for post-operative activity and how to minimize scarring.