Massage therapy after brachioplasty?
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Arm Lift/ Brachioplasty/Skin Tightening/ Body Contouring/ High Definition Procedures
I appreciate your question.
I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients. Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you are healing at this time.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Massage after Brachioplasty
We often use lymphatic drainage after this type of surgery. You need to check with your surgeon as to whether they are happy for you to start this or not yet. Also check with them about the scars, you can try some silicone tape or might need an injection to help the keloid. Best to contact your surgeon to ask their advice on what is best.
Brachioplasty - what kind of massage?
- It should not be too early to start massage - but please have your surgeon's approval.
- Silicone strips may help to flatten your scar.
- As may a compression sleeve
- Massage doesn't work for everyone -
- There are many ways to do massage - e.g. rollers over the surgical area, massage from elbow up to arm pit.
- Your surgeon may have a massage therapist s/he can recommend.
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Massage Therapy After Brachioplasties
Therefore, if you were my patient, I would recommend some form of stimulation to the blood supply to your upper arm between 4-6 weeks. There is sufficient scar tissue to allow massage of one kind or another without disrupting the ongoing wound healing. In my practice, we utilize ultrasound (the kind physical therapists use for sore muscles) and DMSO to take down swelling, bruising, and therefore to take the tension off the suture line.
Many patients confuse the term keloid (which is a genetic condition) with hypertrophic scarring which more often is due to excessive tension on a suture line. More than likely, you actually have hypertrophic scarring since true keloid formation is relatively rare. The hypertrophic scarring at suture lines may in fact be due to new collagen coming in. Because there is no intact skin at the suture line to teach the collagen to come in flat, it instead comes in as whirls and swirls. One useful trick to make these thickened scars lay flat is to use tape (steri strips) over the suture line lengthwise because this gives downward pressure helping the scars lay flat, and since there is mastic on either side of the suture line, it also prevents scars spreading.