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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

A brachioplasty. Commonly called an arm lift, is a surgical procedure to reshape and provide improved contour to the upper arms and connecting area of chest wall. While “brachioplasty” is commonly used to describe a specific procedure for the upper arms, the term can also be used to describe any surgical arm contouring.  Brachioplasty is often used to address issues such as excessive loose skin or excessive fat in the arms when it does not respond well to diet and exercise. Brachioplasty is a common procedure for patients who have experienced massive weight loss.


Liposuction of the arms. The least invasive manner to contour the upper arms is to simply remove extra fat via liposuction.


Hidden/Minimal incision brachioplasty. Under the right conditions such as adequate skin elasticity and minimal excess skin, the surgical incision for the brachioplasty can be placed under the arm. This allows for easy concealment of the scar.


Traditional brachioplasty. The typical brachioplasty involves removing excessive loose skin via surgical excision, leaving a significant scar along the bottom of the upper arms.



Extended brachipolasty. If there is also a significant amount of loose skin that goes from the upper arms and continues along the chest wall, an extended brachioplasty may be called for. In an extended brachioplasty, the incision and excision of skin continues along the upper arm onto the area under the arm along the chest wall.



Use of Molds. This technique uses a mold to mark the incision in an italic double S-shape for better incision control, symmetrical and smaller scars. This method is often used in association with other brachioplasty procedures.

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Arm Lift surgery, also know as a brachioplasty, is becoming a more common procedure in our practice. We are seeing a remarkable increase in the amount of people that have lost a large amount of weight either by diet and exercise or by having gastric bypass surgery. However, as the pounds come off, there can be a large amount of loose, excess skin left behind. Unfortunately, exercise does not get rid of excess skin. In fact, patients find that as they lose weight the skin under their arms becomes looser and looks even worse! This is where an arm lift comes in.


There are a couple of important things to realize about arm lift surgery. The most important thing is that arm lift surgery is always a trade-off. Whenever you remove skin from the body, there is always a scar where the incisions were made. Although it will fade over time, you are trading a more improved contour of the arm with a scar that runs lengthwise under the arm area. People with a large amount of excess skin or “bat-wings” can really benefit from the surgery. But if you just have a little saggy area under the arms, you are probably better off not having an arm lift.


Some people ask if they can have liposuction under the arms. Liposuction is usually not an option and it makes sense when you really think about it. When you remove fat from under the arms and the skin is not elastic, you just have more loose skin. It is important to understand that an arm lift is not considered a weight loss procedure and is best suited for men and women that are in relatively good shape. It is not recommended for you if you still need to lose a significant amount of weight because your arms will continue to change


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