Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
What is An Arm Lift (brachioplasty)?
Brachioplasty, also called arm lift surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to remove the loose, hanging skin that often develops on the underside of the upper arm as a result of aging, weight loss or weight gain.
Who is a good candidate for BRACHIOPLASTY?
Brachioplasty surgery is ideal for patients who have an excessive amount of hanging skin and/or fat that does not respond to diet and exercise.
During brachioplasty, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm; it often spans the underarm to the elbow. Excess fat is removed, either by direct excision or liposuction. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the arm’s underlying supportive tissue is tightened using internal absorbable sutures. Skin is then sutured back together; absorbable stitches may or may not be used to close the incision.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and, depending on the amount of skin and fat that are removed, takes 2 to 4 hours. Patients are able to return home the same day as surgery.
Minimal Incision Arm Lift
For a patient who needs only a small amount of skin and fat removed, a minimal-incision arm lift may be performed. A less invasive way to remove excess fat and tissue, it requires only a few small incisions near the underarm.