Arm lift, 7 weeks post op. Is this still swelling? (Photo)
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Arm lift, 7 weeks post op. Is this still swelling?
Swelling After Brachioplasty
The wound healing process following arm lift surgery lasts for over a year. Most of the swelling resolves in six to eight weeks, but small amounts of swelling may persist for up to a year. The procedure inevitably interrupts the arm lymphatic drainage and this takes time to re-establish itself
Patients can minimize swelling with compression garments, massage and limitations on activity levels. It's important to remember that swelling is a normal part of wound healing and should resolve with time.
If you're concerned about persistent swelling following arm lift surgery, it's appropriate to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to answer your questions and alleviate your anxiety.
Recovery after arm lift surgery
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Personally, I think your arms look very good and your scar is very "acceptable".
To maximize your arm lift results I would still suggest a compression garment for at least two or three more weeks. After an arm lift or brachioplasty, this is the best method to get rid of arm swelling.
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