Procedure performed for resection of the excess skin on the arms, often in combination with liposuction to remove the small amount of fat generally present in association in this region. Depending on the skin excess, the resulting scar may extend from the axilla to the elbow, although it is designed to be the less apparent as possible.
It is performed under general or epidural anesthesia with sedation, eliminating prolonged hospital stays. Generally it remains in the recovery room for 6 to 8 hours, and then can go home.
Usually the recovery is fast, with little pain and discomfort in the first three days after surgery, which are controlled with appropriate medications. Normal activities can be resumed normal in about 7-10 days, but to exercise a longer period is needed.
We use a compression garment for 30 days after surgery in order to speed recovery. Lymphatic drainage are extremelly important, usually starting on the fourth day after surgery.