An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is the procedure that addresses the loose hanging skin of the upper arms. The most common causes of this problem are marked weight loss, genetics and aging. Unfortunately, exercising and weight lifting will not tighten the skin – only surgery will.
Depending on the severity of the skin laxity, there are several different surgical approaches that can be selected from in order to help obtain the desired result. The most common technique involves a T-shaped incision that includes both a longitudinal incision extending down the inner upper arm to the elbow combined with a transverse one in the armpit in order to remove the lax, redundant skin and fat so as to obtain a more normal contour. For arms with fairly mild laxity, limited incision approaches may provide the desired improvement with relatively inconspicuous scars.
If the upper arm contains a considerable amount of fat but there is good skin tone, liposuction may be an appropriate treatment. This would involve using only one or two small incisions for access to remove the fat.
The arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient with a soft, compressive dressing of the upper arm remaining in place for a few days. A supportive elastic wrap is then worn for a few weeks. Most of the noticeable swelling resolves after several months.
Dr. Turkeltaub has helped many patients achieve dramatic results with arm lift surgery.
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