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Arm Lift

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Effective solution for loose, excess skin and fat that hangs from the arm

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is an effective solution for loose, excess skin and fat that hangs from the arm. Patients with unwanted tissue extending from the underside of their arms can find themselves disinclined to wear sleeveless clothing, but can also have trouble finding sleeves that fit comfortably and may find movement difficult.

For those who have undergone significant weight loss, their success often comes with the onset of loose excess skin. However, aging and genetics can also lead patients to find that their arms are far from their former or ideal shape.

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About Arm Lift

Having excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow can be a frustrating experience. Apart from making one reluctant to raise their arms, this area is notoriously hard to tone. The deposits of fat can be stubborn, and no matter how much you exercise, it won’t improve excess skin.

But for those with more extreme cases, this condition is more than frustrating: it can be painful and lead to dangerous complications. It’s common for patients that have undergone massive weight loss to experience extra skin under their arms. And unfortunately, with this condition comes symptoms that include:

  • Skin inflammation

  • Skin infections

  • Limited mobility

  • Psychological distress
     

Our arms are highly visible body parts that we need to accomplish nearly all of our daily tasks. That’s why arm lifts are often the first procedure that doctors choose to perform on patients struggling with excess skin. And, they are one of the most commonly performed body contouring surgeries. Whether you’re embarking on the final phase of your weight loss journey or just ready to achieve flattering contours for frustrating arms, an arm lift is an effective and permanent solution.

Benefits of Brachioplasty

Arm lifts have been performed since 1930, and the goal remains the same. These procedures reduce and tighten sagging skin, and can also eliminate excess fat in the upper arm. However, surgeons are now able to perform a wider variety of arm lifts that can be customized to best suit a patient’s needs. In fact, since 1977, surgeons have developed over 20 new techniques for performing this procedure! 

The traditional, and most commonly performed arm lift is a full upper arm reduction. This approach removes an elliptical piece of tissue from the underside of the arm, from the elbow to just before the armpit. When the incisions are closed, patients are left with a leaner, contoured arm. Any visible scarring is concealed on the underside of the patient’s arm.

For those with more extensive fatty tissue, our doctor may be able to combine the procedure with arm liposuction. This allows him to remove additional fat, and sculpt natural-looking contours that accentuate the patient’s upper arm anatomy.

Candidates

Ideal candidates for an arm lift are in good health, and are proactive about maintaining it!

They should also be at, and able to maintain their ideal weight. This surgery is not recommended for those who experience extreme weight fluctuations or have other underlying health conditions. An arm lift is a surgical procedure, so those considering a brachioplasty should also be ready to commit to a responsible recovery, and able to take the necessary time off to heal. Our Dr. is an extremely accomplished surgeon who practices meticulous suturing techniques for the best aesthetic outcome. However, because of the technique used to reduce the size of the arm, patients should be willing to accept the possibility of slight scarring on the underside of their arms.

A recent study of arm lift patients found that those who smoked experienced more complications during and after their surgery. Our Dr. advises that arm lift patients avoid smoking for at least 1 month before surgery and for the duration of their recovery.

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