Fair skin brachioplasty?
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Brachioplasty scars can be a little different than scars on other parts of the body. A tension free closure on a safe excision surgery for an arm lift is important for scar formation. Light skinned individuals also benefit from sunscreen and keeping the scar shielded from sunlight as it heals. That being said, different surgeons place the scars on different parts of the arm. Best, MMT
Appearance of Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Scars in Redheads?
Redheads are normally classified as Fitzpatrick Class I skin which usually heals without raised scars.
The appearance of Brachioplasty scars depends on YOUR skin type, your genes and your surgeon's skills. If the Brachioplasty scar is closed under tension or you smoke the scar WILL widen or even bust open. If the scar is closed with minimal tension and you follow all of the surgeon's instructions, it will heal perfectly nicely.
In my experience, )here comes the generalization...), Fitzpatrick I skin (i.e. Redheads) heal beautifully as long as they use sun blocks and do not smoke. This is seen with Facelifts, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts, Tummy Tick, Butt Lifts and - yes - Arm Lifts.
Peter Aldea MD
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You are not at risk for hypertrophic or pigmented scars, but you should definitely utilize tape therapy for one to three months after brachioplasty. This will ensure the best possible scar.
Best of luck!
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