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Arm Lift

Drooping excess skin along the upper arm is a common result of aging or of severe weight loss. Unfortunately, this is a condition that no amount of exercise will improve. Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin to tighten and tone the upper arm, giving it a more youthful appearance.

The procedure begins with an incision along the arm. Its location and length will vary depending on the amount of skin you wish to have removed, as well as the location of the excess skin flap. In the most extreme cases it may extend from the armpit to the elbow. Curved or z-shaped incisions are often preferred to minimize the appearance of scarring. After making the incision the surgeon will remove the surplus skin, tighten the remaining skin on the arm and complete the lift by suturing the incision closed.

For small procedures the surgeon might be able to locate the incision in the armpit, where it is much less noticeable than down the length of the upper arm. This procedure is often called “mini arm lift”.

Brachioplasty can be combined with liposuction to achieve the best possible results if excessive fat is also present.

Arm lift procedures typically take one to three hours depending on the extent of the surgery. It may involve local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. In the latter case an overnight stay in the hospital will be necessary. After the procedure support bandages may be necessary and stitches will be removed in approximately 10 to 12 days.

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