Arm lift surgery, otherwise known as brachioplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the upper arms by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better proportioned contours of the upper arms. It is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the upper arms. The procedure tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm whilst reducing localised pockets of fat.
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference and may extend from the side of the chest to just below the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or removed with liposuction. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoother over the new contour of your arm.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
Will I have scarring?
Yes, arm lift surgery will result in visible scars. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nevertheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.
Modern surgery is generally safe, but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur. Some potential risks and complications associated with arm lift surgery include: