Under Arm/arm Pit Swelling After Removal of Fatty Breast Tissue? (photo)

On 12/13/12 (about 3 wks ago), my doctor cut away a section of hanging/flabby skin that was about 3"x4". He also removed fatty breast tissue. Still have a "glob" of swelling. Last week, he drained it via needle and got about 3-4 ounces out. I wear a homemade compression garment about 8 hrs/day. WILL THIS SWELLING GLOB GO AWAY eventually? How long will it take? Will it be permanent? Should we do a traditional arm lift (w/ long scar?) Can I do arm exercises w/ weights? I'm soooooooooo unhappy.

Doctor Answers 3

Swelling vs Loose Skin after Arm Lift

      If you do not have buildup of an additional fluid collection in the picture, then you will probably need an extended arm lift.  I usually perform this procedure just to the level that the skin laxity improves.  In you, this is about 1/3 of the way down your arm

Results after a limited brachioplasty

It appears that you had a limited upper arm lift or brachioplasty.   If you are having problems with fluid collections then your surgeon will need to aspirate it.   One of the problems with limited incision brachioplasty surgery is that you get limited results.  It is possible that in the future, after 6 months or so, you may want to consider a standard brachioplasty.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Under Arm/arm Pit Swelling

Thank you for your question and for the posted photos. I am having a bit of trouble determining what sort of operations you have had. It looks like you have had a breast lift, but what if anything was done on the arms I am uncertain.

Some pre-op photos would be helpful.

This looks more like loose hanging skin, and I don't expect that resolution of any swelling will make this look better. An arm lift will be the solution. All of this is based on the after photo alone. The suggestions based on an actual exam might well be different. 

Best wishes. 

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