How Will I Look and Feel Afterward?
You will have mild to moderate discomfort during the first few days after surgery and will need some assistance. You will be required to wear an elastic support garment or wrap to compress and reduce swelling as well as to reinforce the new arm shape. The compression garment is typically worn for up to two weeks.
Sutures are usually under the skin, dissolving on their own. We use optimal suturing techniques to achieve the best possible results. Although swelling is apparent, most patients will be ready to return to work within two weeks.
1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.