Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty is surgically re-contouring the arms. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Excessive skin is removed, sometimes in conjunction with a liposuction procedure to remove fat from the arms. For removal of large amounts of skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow to the armpit. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring may always be visible. More moderate skin removal is sometimes possible with a smaller incision which is limited to the armpit area to try to keep the scar better hidden.
Who is a Candidate?
If you have unsightly sagging skin on the upper arms due to aging, genetics, or weight loss.
Reduction or elimination of excess skin from the upper arms.
The procedure is usually done under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care). In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit.
The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.
After surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10-14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 2-3 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3-4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3-6 months. The scars fade in 6-24 months depending on your skin.