The bra strap area that starts on the side of the breast and extends onto the side chest wall and even onto the back can be a cumbersome area to disguise or tuck under the bra strap. Many previously obese women will complain about this area after undergoing massive weight loss and request plastic surgery to remove the redundant skin and fatty tissue. This is usually not a high priority area to have plastic surgery on but, there are many women who will want to have this breast/bra strap area operated on.
There will be a plastic surgery scar that may be hidden under the bra strap. The plastic surgery for the bra strap area may involve a liposuction plastic surgery procedure and then a direct excision of the redundant skin and remaining fat. This type of plastic surgery removal of redundant skin and fat will leave a plastic surgery scar whose length is directly related to the amount to tissue is being excised. Men may also complain about this area but they are typically less interested in the plastic surgery scar that remains afterwards because they have not way to hide the plastic surgery scar.
The bra strap and back area plastic surgeries are plastic surgery procedures that are usually done as outpatient procedures with the patient going home afterwards. The plastic surgeon may place drains in the breast armpit area to assure any light bleeding can be evacuated without need for additional surgery. The drains are usually removed two to seven days after plastic surgery, after they are not draining a certain amount of fluid.
The plastic surgery sutures on the breast and back area will stay in from roughly 5 days to 7 days, depending on the type of suture, its function, and its location on the body. Depending on the plastic surgery technique, the post operative plastic surgery patient is typically able to resume reasonable chest and arm function with in a few days.
Like any significant surgery, plastic surgery operations are real and real risks exist. Although plastic surgical risk can not be totally eliminated, it is typically effectively controlled when the plastic surgeon uses sound judgment and excellent plastic surgical technique. The plastic surgery risks for the breast bra strap area and back plastic surgeries include but not limited to bleeding, infection, scar, breast and back contour asymmetry, wound healing problems, damage to underlying structures – nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. The degree of risk will vary depending on the type of breast or back plastic surgery that is being performed by the plastic surgeon. The risks of the plastic surgery also include all risks associated with general anesthesia, as well as any other surgery that is of equal duration in time. Blood clots may form in the legs; these blood clots may loosen and travel in the blood stream to the lungs (pulmonary embolus).
Fortunately with proper preoperative explanations, consultation, and examination by the plastic surgeon, these plastic surgery risks are typically acceptable for most previously morbid obese plastic surgery candidates. The plastic surgeon should spend a great deal of time reviewing the risks of the plastic surgery, as well as the operative strategy that will be used to correct the problem areas for the previously morbid obese person interested in plastic surgery.