Brachoplasty Recovery Time-Driving Question

on 12/31/18 8:58 pm
DS on 10/18/12

Hi All,

I am considering bracheoplasty and would like some feedback of recovery time and when I can drive. My surgery may include skin removal of my side boob. I had a full body lift and recovered well but I was 40, now I am 53. Thank you in advance.


on 1/1/19 6:15 am
RNY on 06/03/15

haven't had that one yet (will in the spring), but I had an LBL at age 58 and was driving about 10 days later - once I was off my pain meds and feeling OK with sitting up for extended periods of time (or long enough to drive somewhere, anyway!). I suspect if anything, the recovery after brachioplasty will be easier. Hopefully someone who's had one will chime in.

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

Gwen M.
on 1/1/19 6:20 am
VSG on 03/13/14

For me, the largest factor to go back to driving was the narcotics, since you have to be off them for 24 hours before driving. And pain is so personal that it's hard to predict what someone else will need.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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Laura in Texas
on 1/2/19 1:24 pm

For me, my range of motion was an issue for around 10 days. Turning the steering wheel gave me sharp pains until then. Also, I remember going to the bank drive through around that time and how painful reaching for the tube was. Don't do that!! ;)

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears."

RNY on 12/22/14

I had the surgery at 58, including the side - I think it was called flank - but my incision went from a few inches below my elbow up through my arm pit and the down to about the bottom of my bra, as well breast reconstruction on both sides. There were no muscles involved, so after the first few days, the pain was not intense, but the bandages were on - wrist to arm pit and I could not drive for about 10 days. I had to Uber to my 1 week checkin ($200RoundTrip). Also, I had to fight swelling at my elbow - so very limited computer time and I watched TV with my arms over my head. I was happy to have an electric recliner.


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