Arm Lift Surgery

What is an Arm Lift?

The technical term for arm lift surgery is brachioplasty. There are more and more patients requesting this kind of surgery because loose upper arm skin is a common side effect when you lose a large amount of weight. If course, for some patients there may also be a hereditary component. Regardless of the cause, if the loose skin and fuller upper arms are a problem area for you then this kind of surgery can help.

Brachioplasty is different from upper arm liposuction although there is almost always a degree of liposuction that goes with every brachioplasty. The key component of a brachioplasty is the resection of the skin along the lower/inner border of the upper arm and the associated scar that accompanies it.

Who are the best candidates for arm lift surgery?

The ideal patient for brachioplasty is someone who has attained close to their ideal weight loss and has simple loose upper arm skin. It is not a procedure for weight loss but may best be thought of as one that involves the careful tailoring of this loose skin. It is often combined with some liposuction at the same time.

What are the ideal outcomes for the patient?

The ideal outcome for patients to is to have beautifully tapered and contoured upper arms again without the characteristic loose skin that accompanies massive weight loss and or old age. Patients feel confident in short-sleeve or sleeveless garments again. Patients often come to me complaining that they are frustrated that they have lost a large amount of weight but the skin just won’t retract down to the normal state. Unfortunately the upper arm is quite unforgiving in this regard and often the only thing to truly address this problem is brachioplasty.

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Main Areas that are commonly treated

Chest & Midsection

Chest & Midsection

Your chest and midsection suffer the most after big weight fluctuations. Following that, the upper arms and thighs can also suffer from sagginess and skin stretching. Of course, you don’t have to do anything about all this loose skin, but it is usually impossible for the skin to stretch back over the areas of reduced volume again.

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Arms & Thighs

Arms & Thighs

Surgery on the arms and thighs can involve simple liposuction all the way to skin excision. This kind of surgery is called an arm or thigh lift. The major downside to this procedure is the visibility of external scarring so the severity of the loose skin usually needs to outweigh any potential scars that are incurred during treatment.

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Is Brachioplasty different from upper arm liposuction?

Is Brachioplasty different from upper arm liposuction?

Brachioplasty is different from upper arm liposuction although there is almost always a degree of liposuction that goes with every brachioplasty. The key component of a brachioplasty is the resection of the skin along the lower/inner border of the upper arm and the associated scar that accompanies it.

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Will there be scars from this procedure?

Will there be scars from this procedure?

The big trade off with brachioplasty is the scars.If a massive result is expected then often this is unachievable without some kind of skin excision. Most incisions are placed either on the inside or behind the upper arm. I prefer to place my incision somewhere in-between and feel this is difficult to see for both the patient and those around them.

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