Loss of skin elasticity in the upper arm can be seen with increasing age, genetic predisposition, or after significant weight loss. An arm lift or brachioplasty can result in thinner, more shapely arms that are more youthful in appearance.
Incisions are created that extend from the elbow along the inner arm or on the back of the arm, to the arm pit and even along the chest wall. This technique allows for maximum skin and fat removal. Sometimes it is combined with liposuction to help contour the remaining arm tissues.
Sutures used are all dissolving underneath the skin. Drains are sometimes used, and a compression garment will be worn for 4 weeks after the surgery.
Scars are an unavoidable part of this surgery, but most brachioplasty patients find this to be an acceptable trade-off to achieve an immediate improvement in their appearance.
General or local with sedation
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
Pain, hematoma, seroma, infection, fluid collections, healing delay, adverse scarring, persistent numbness
light duties: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4-6 weeks
Permanent with stable weight