As with all surgical procedures, brachioplasty does come with some risks, this includes negative reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, and infection. After surgery, the skin of the arms may feel as though it is stretched too tight, however this should subside as the tissues become used to their new contours. Also, there is a risk of visible scarring. This happens in more extensive procedures that require an incision running the length of the arm. Nerve damage that occurs as the surgeon cuts away excess tissue could lead to temporary or permanent numbness.
Most patients that have this procedure take about a week off from work and other obligations to heal. During your recovery period, your plastic surgeon may require you to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and provide support for the tissues. Keep the arm elevated and avoid heavy lifting for at least a few weeks after surgery, this is to help the recovery process. You may experience soreness, tenderness, tightness, bruising, swelling, and redness as the arms heal.
The average surgeon’s fee for upper brachioplasty surgery is $3,729. When you consider additional expenses such as the anesthesia and the surgical center, the total cost is around $5,000. Typically, brachioplasty procedures that require an incision down the length of the arm to target tissues in both the upper and lower arm tend to be more expensive than upper arm surgery performed through an incision in the armpit.