An Arm lift or brachioplasty is a procedure that removes the excess skin from under the arm between the underarm (axilla) and the elbow. This skin can often sag after weight lost, repeated weight gain with lost or from aging skin that has lost its elasticity. Removal of this sagging skin reshapes the arm giving the arm a smoother contour with tighter skin.
The placement of the incision depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The standard incision extends from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. The incision is placed in a fashion so that it is hidden unless the arm is raised. Liposuction is often performed at the time of the brachioplasty further reducing fatty tissue to achieve a better contour.
If the sagging skin is not as extensive, a smaller horizontal incision can be made in the axilla. This incision does not remove as much skin as the standard incision mentioned above.
Unfortunately, exercise alone will not tighten the skin. Exercise can contour the muscle but cannot replace the lost elasticity of the skin. A stable weight is important to achieve optimal results. At your evaluation, Dr. Hardaway will discuss the location and type of incision along with risks and complications. This procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure in an accredited office surgical suite, an ambulatory surgical center or in a hospital setting. This is often determined by your medical history.
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