Candidates for brachioplasty are physically healthy and have realistic expectations about the range of cosmetic outcomes possible from the procedure. They generally have some degree of upper arm skin looseness, and are at a stable weight (and not significantly overweight).
Patients who smoke or have serious conditions that interfere with the regular healing process are not good candidates for brachioplasty. Post-bariatric patients who have not reached a stable weight should not consider brachioplasty until they are able to stabilize their weight.
Like other procedures, brachioplasty requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Patients typically experience swelling at the incision site, and may have a tube inserted at the incision sites to drain excess blood. Most patients are able to resume daily activities in 2 weeks, and start exercising 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to fluid accumulation, infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help prevent postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to minimize their appearance.