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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

This procedure is indicated for those persons that want to achieve a more youthful and thin arm. The excess skin and adipose tissue are removed.

All person who undergo weight lose either by surgery or dieting know exactly how the skin on their arms was tight when they were overweight, but as soon as they start loosing weight the skin under there arms starts to sag. This sagging skin gets in the way of everyday life; it is not aesthetically pleasing and hard to accommodate, and hide under the cloth.

The Candidates for this type of surgery are persons who have lost significant weight either by gastric bypass and or dieting commonly ask for this surgical procedure. The goal of this surgery is to have thin-tight and contour arms.

The Procedure

The only way to get rid of this excess skin is by removing it surgically. The procedure most of the time is done with local anesthesia and sedation and it's performed as an out patient procedure.

First a liposuction is done to remove any excess adipose tissue and then an incision is made from the inner aspect of the elbow to the axilla. Then we undermine the excess skin and remove it. All sutures placed are reabsorbable, in other words no suture removal is needed. The incision (scar) is a fine line. For the first couple of months it will look red and it will slowly start fading away.


The procedure will not incapacitate you, although you will need to take it easy with arm movements for two weeks. No drains are used. You can expect some swelling and black and blue discoloration for a couple of days with minor discomfort. You will be prescribed an analgesic and antibiotics, and will also be provided with an arm garment to wear for 2-3 weeks.

The arm lift procedure can be done at the same time as other procedures, for example: tummy tucks, face-lift, and breast surgery.

The results of this surgery are seen immediately upon making the first dressing change. You will see a significant difference and an attractive smooth arm. You will be able to move your arm freely and be able to wear any type of shirt or sleeveless dress.

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