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Goleta, CA

How long is compression recommended after brachioplasty?
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I am two years post Roux-en-Y and had a dual brachioplasty on 4/22/09 with the incision running from the inner elbow to a z-plasty in the armpit then down ~ 6 inches below the armpit (matching up with previous breast lift scar). The upper arms still seem inflamed, but surgeon initially told me to wear compression garment (vest) for two weeks (yesterday). Will see him again on 5/14 and he is out of the office for a few days (available for emergencies). I still have minor drainage, some small wound separation. Does wearing compression at this point help with minimizing scarring, inflammation, shape of arm, help with wound separation, etc? Could continuing with the vest for another week cause any problems?
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Southlake, TX
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  Several things
May 14, 2009 6:16 PM

The garment will help the tissues redrape, reshape, and will help swelling decrease faster. The garment also helps decrease drainage (so tubes out faster), and give support and (more)
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