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Here at the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we are seeing an amazing increase in the number of people pursuing arm lift surgery, also known as a brachioplasty. A major reason for this burgeoning interest is actually quite understandable and relates to our present epidemic of obesity.

Following a considerable weight gain often involving 50 to 100 lbs. or more, the skin becomes quite stretched out with associated disruption of elastic fibers. If there is a subsequent substantial weight loss, the outcome will be an excess of skin with little elasticity that just hangs down like a hammock or even bat wings. Not a pretty sight!

Arm lift candidate - right side

Arm lift candidate - right side posterior view

Arm Lift Candidate - right side

Arm lift candidate - left side

A brachioplasty is the surgical procedure that is employed to excise the excess skin and recontour the upper arm in order to obtain a more desirable appearance. It typically involves a T-shaped scar extending from the arm pit (axilla) to the elbow but it can be extended onto the forearm if there is excess skin here as well.

The arm lift surgery can be performed both by itself as well as with various other procedures including a breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction, and even other massive weight loss corrective procedures such as an abdominoplasty and “belt lipectomy”.  Postoperative discomfort is usually fairly mild – more of a tightness sensation. The outcome is usually quite dramatic.

Before arm lift surgery - right side

After surgery

Before arm lift surgery - left side

After surgery

If you would like to obtain additional information on arm lift surgery or on other massive weight loss body contouring surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck, belt lipectomy, and thigh lifts, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.

With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.

In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

We do offer Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through doxy.me. This is best used for specific situations including postoperative questions and as a substitute for some postoperative office visits relating to certain procedures. However, if you are planning to proceed with surgery, an in-office evaluation will be required.

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