As people age or gain weight, the upper arms can sag, creating an aesthetically unpleasant effect. Brachioplasty, or upper arm lift, can correct this sagging, giving arms a firm, toned appearance.
Arm lift surgery can be performed on many types of patients. Both men and women of normal weight with more excess skin than fat are good candidates for brachioplasty. It is ideal for people who have lost large amounts of weight, but whose skin has not conformed to their new body shape.
There are several approaches to arm lift surgery, and we will tailor your procedure to your individual needs. Liposuction alone is often the best treatment for patients with minimal excess upper arm fat and no extra skin. We can typically remove extra skin near the armpit throughout an incision hidden in the armpit. For patients with extensive extra upper arm skin, which is common for those who have lost a lot of weight, the incision will run from the elbow through the armpit and onto the side of the chest.
The upper arms are a common site for skin laxity in patients who have lost a great deal of weight. Extra skin which hangs from the arms can be removed with an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, for a younger, tauter arm contour. In the arm lift procedure, an incision is made from elbow to armpit. After removing excess skin from the arms, the incisions are closed with sutures. Scarring will not be conspicuous as the incisions are made on the undersides of the arms.
Extended Arm Lift
Loose skin and excess tissue which hangs from the arms can be removed with brachioplasty, or an arm lift. Patients who have lost considerable weight after bariatric surgery often have extensive loose skin and excess tissue which hangs between the shoulder and the elbow. For these patients, the surgeons at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery utilize a specialized technique, extending the brachioplasty incision from the elbow to the armpit and continuing through the lateral chest wall to completely remove this fold of tissue. A traditional arm lift procedure in which an incision is made from elbow to armpit often cannot achieve optimal results for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. For many patients, an extended arm lift is necessary to fully excise loose skin from the upper arm. Patients who are unsure about which type of arm lift will best address their needs are invited to contact Dr. Sozer for a post-bariatric body lift consultation at our West Texas office.
If you are interested in scheduling an arm lift consultation call us at 915-351-1116 or fill out the form on this page.