Recovery from Thigh Reduction
Discomfort after arm reduction surgery is usually minimal and can be relieved by either prescription painkillers or mild analgesics like Paracetamol.
During your recovery there are several things you should know:
- Some swelling and bruising is normal and should resolve in a matter of days or weeks.
- Your sutures will dissolve and your bandages will be removed in one week.
- You can shower in four to seven days, but in the early stages you should try to keep the dressings dry.
- Hands and wrists can swell after surgery on the arms, so when you are resting you should try to keep your arms elevated on pillows at your sides.
- Two to four postoperative visits are commonly required, but more may be needed if the scar management requires more intervention.
- During these post-operative visits, your surgeon will suggest measures you can take to control the build-up of scar tissue and minimise the visibility of your scars. These strategies include using silicone gel (cica-care or dermatix) and massage (bio-oil) for a period of several months.
- Arm movement should be reduced for a month.
Possible complications from arm reduction surgery may include infection, bleeding, lymphoedema (fluid) and excessive scarring.