If a patient is noted to be sick prior to a procedure, it is advised to contact Dr. Bandy’s office immediately to discuss the best way to move forward.
Scars can take up to two years to become fully healed and patients are strongly encourage to follow all instructions for post operative aftercare to achieve the best results possible. It is recommended to apply a silicone based post surgical scar cream or silicone strips to aid in proper scar healing. Arms may remain swollen for several months and the arms final contour will not be visible until all swelling has gone down.
It is always recommended to have someone assist you in getting home or to your recovery center. If a patient does not have anyone that can assist them at home, we do have a post operative recovery center that we work with that will pick up the patient from our facility.
Patients usually are able to continue a good portion of their daily activities within the first week after their procedure. It is recommended to take a week off of work as well as waiting 2-4 weeks before doing any moderate to heavy lifting. It is recommended to continue any weight lifting for exercise after at least 4 weeks of recovery. Patients may continue driving any motorized vehicle once they have discontinued use of any pain medication and do not feel any pain during normal arm movement.
The patient has multiple financing options. For example, the patient can pay for the surgery on credit card, and make monthly payments back to their credit card. Additionally, CareCredit is a financing company specific for cosmetic surgery; patients can apply for CareCredit, and there are multiple options for CareCredit. Sometimes, patients opt to make payments directly to the office. This is a prepayment plan where a patient would pay until he or she pays the entire balance for the surgery; then, they would have their surgery.
We do have a post operative recovery facility that we refer our patients to in Orange County, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In these situations, they will be picked up by the post operative care facility from our recovery room and brought to the recovery center where they are recovered overnight, and then brought back the next day for their follow up appointment.