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Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is often needed once a patient has experienced a large amount of weight loss and needs to have the remaining skin tucked. It's mainly a cosmetic procedure, as there's really no medical reason to have the skin removed. However, men and women can experience a lot of discomfort when the excess skin presses or rubs against the body.
A wonderful invention for post-surgery brachioplasty (arm lift) scars is a scar reduction sheet. This self-adhesive sheet -- something like a large Band Aid -- is made of breathable, flexible, waterproof silicone. Because it is lightweight, it does not restrict movement as you heal. The sheets are designed to reduce scarring dramatically, and can be used on old scar tissue, even keloids. The sheets are also great to use on mastoplexy (breast lift) scars. Speak to your cosmetic surgeon about where to buy them, and whether s/he recommends them for your type of procedure.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|