Brachioplasty, or ‘Arm Lift’ surgery reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. The surgery removes extra skin and fat to give a more toned and balanced appearance. Upper arm skin can droop with age, after significant weight loss or for a person suffering with Lymphedema. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot rid the extra skin that has lost its elasticity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is brachioplasty?

It is the medical term for an arm lift. It means arm (brachio) reshaping (plasty).

What is done in arm lift surgery?

The excess upper arm tissue, sometimes referred to as a "bat wing," is removed during brachioplasty. This is done using direct excision (removal by cutting) or a combination of liposuction followed by direct excision.

Is liposuction always done with Brachioplasty?

Depending on the level of correction needed, liposuction may be required to achieve the final desired contour.

Is arm lift surgery painful?

There is discomfort associated with all body contouring procedures. The post-operative pain in case of a brachioplasty surgery is bearable and patients are off prescription pain killers within a few days of the surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for arm lift surgery?

An arm lift or arm fat surgery is usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Additionally, many surgeons inject additional local numbing medicine in the surgical area while you are asleep to provide additional postoperative pain control.days of the surgery.

Where is the incision made?

The incision will depend upon how much tissue needs to be removed and whether the tissue is near the armpit or lower down on the arm. The traditional vertical incision goes from the armpit to the elbow. If the excess tissue is limited to the top of the upper arm, you may be a candidate for a short-scar arm lift with a crescent-shaped incision in the armpit

Is there any scarring with arm lift surgery?

Yes, there is scarring associated with this procedure.

Where is the scar?

In a standard arm lift, the scar is a straight line from the armpit to the elbow. It is placed along the inside of the arm. However, it can still be visible in short sleeve shirts and tank tops. In the short-scar arm lift, the scar is a curved line that can be hidden in the armpit.