Arm numbness following brachioplasty
The numbness you are experiencing is a known complication of brachioplasty. There are several different nerves that provide sensation to the skin of the arm. The intercostobrachial or medial brachial cutaneous nerves are the likely ones involved. They are not involved in the movement or function of the arm, just the sensation of the skin. Whenever we excise large amounts of skin and subcutaneous tissue there is always the possibility of damaging those or other nerves as they go right through the tissue that is being removed. It is also not at all unusual to have differences from one arm to the other. The path that the nerves take are slightly different from one side to the other. Often the sensation improves slightly over time but can be permanent in some cases. Best of luck.
Is it normal to have numbness to back of arm, above elbow area 11 months post brachioplasty?
Thank you for your question. It is likely that a sensory nerve branch was injured, resulting in a focal area of numbness on the arm. Some of this numbness tends to improve over time. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Good luck.
It is not normal, but it is a known complication of brachioplasty surgery to local areas of numbness in the upper arm or even the forearm. It is likely a small or end branch of the nerve that innervates the upper arm was injured enough to remain numb. This is not the same nerve that caused tingling in your fingers during the surgery. It may improve slightly with time.
Best of luck!