Are you having arm sculpting surgery but need to receive a vaccination? Perhaps you need your annual flu shot, or maybe there’s a specific vaccination you need before traveling? You may even need an emergency vaccination after exposure to a potential hazard such as tetanus. In such cases, you may wonder when it’s safe to have the required injection after your surgical procedure. Whether you’re having an arm lift or arm liposuction, knowing when it’s safe to get vaccinated is crucial.
Why Avoid Vaccinations Immediately After Surgery?
It’s always best to avoid having any vaccination immediately after any type of surgery. The reason for this is so you will be able to attribute any side effects to the surgery. You won’t accidentally attribute any unexpected symptoms you experience to the vaccination instead. Yet, while it’s wise to avoid vaccinations immediately after a surgical procedure, that doesn’t always mean you can’t have one. In terms of safety, within a week after your surgery, it should be safe to have a vaccination. Of course, this only applies as long as you feel well and have no adverse effects after the procedure.
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Should I Get a Vaccination in My Arm After Surgery?
When getting a vaccination after a surgical procedure, it’s best to avoid any area that your surgeon has treated. You should avoid the area for the first few weeks after your surgery. Having a vaccination in your arm after arm surgery will probably cause more pain. You will also have swelling in the area, which makes it more challenging to vaccinate effectively. You should wait until the swelling subsides and the pain disappears before getting an injection in your arm.
Where Can I Receive a Vaccination Instead?
Although you should avoid a vaccination in your arm immediately after arm surgery, that doesn’t mean you cannot be vaccinated. Usually, you receive vaccinations in your arms, but there’s no exact rules about where you can get vaccinated. You can receive an injection in several other areas of your body too. Some other options include the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen. Your doctor can vaccinate you in any of these locations effectively. That will prevent any issues relating to arm injections if you wait until after your surgery.
Should I Consult with My Surgeon Before Having a Vaccination?
If you need a vaccination for any reason after your arm surgery, it’s wise to consult with your surgeon first. They can check to make sure you’re in sufficiently good health to have the vaccine after your procedure. If you’re planning to have the injection in your arms, they can check whether the area is suitable for vaccination. Typically, you’ll find your surgeon gives you the green light to receive the vaccination. However, it’s possible they may suggest a different site for the injection.
If you need a skilled surgeon to perform your arm sculpting surgery, get in touch with the ArtLipo team today. We are your cosmetic surgery experts in Tampa, Florida, and we can ensure you benefit from an outstanding result.
Dr. Hamwi is an aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgical and non-invasive procedures. After completing residencies in both plastic surgery and general surgery as well as a fellowship at Harvard University, Dr. Hamwi then went on to pursue an aesthetic surgery fellowship at one of the country’s most competitive programs in Manhattan, New York. Less than one percent of plastic surgeons have completed such specialized training.