Brachioplasty is one of the leading cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States and among adults who pursue medical tourism and surgery outside of the U.S. borders. For many adults, the need for brachioplasty comes about following a significant amount of weight loss and the need to remove excess skin from the arms. If you are considering weight loss, or if you are considering brachioplasty, it is important to become familiar with not only the impact the surgery can have on your final look but also understand how scarring is minimized as a result.
Scarring following brachioplasty surgery is usually one of the leading reasons that many weight loss surgery candidates opt to forego the procedure. With incisions made along the inner side of the arm, many weight loss adults opt to forego the procedure as the scarring is typically quite noticeable and extends from the underarm and into the elbow region. To make this type of scarring unnoticeable, you would have to wear full length sleeves or find some other way of minimizing the scarring effect.
For some brachioplasty patients, the use of silicone sheets has shown to be quite successful in alleviating scars. While the surgeon may make every attempt to alleviate your scars, by using careful surgical technique and encouraging no smoking before and after surgery, silicone sheets can also boost the healing and reducing the scarring after surgery. With scar silicone sheets, you can reduce the size and color of scars which will help to make them less noticeable when wearing short sleeved shirts.
Dirt, water, abnormal oxygen levels and even abnormal exposure to touch are all reasons that scars heal unevenly. With brachioplasty, if you use silicone sheets, you can minimize these complications and give your scars a more even healing opportunity. While silicone scar sheets will not remove the scars, they will help to avoid turning the incision site into a keloid scar or possibly even reducing the risk for infection.
For many adults, the complications with weight loss often lead to excess skin development. In most, the complications of scarring are often a reason not to pursue cosmetic surgeries to remove that skin. If you are worried about brachioplasty scarring, consider using scar silicone sheets as this will give your scars the optimal appearance after surgery. Using silicone sheets, you may also reduce the risk for infection and post-surgical complications which will help to make your brachioplasty surgery more successful.
Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 2009: 9: 67-78.