The term ‘arm lift’ refers to the removal of excess skin of the upper arm in order to achieve a more pleasant appearance. The medical term for an arm lift is a brachioplasty.
In the last several years, brachioplasty has seen the greatest increase in demand over any other plastic surgical procedure. This is due to the rising numbers of patients who successfully lose a great deal of fat either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery.
When the procedure is performed, careful planning of the incision placement is crucial to a good outcome.
While the patient is in a standing position with arms extended the intended location of the final scar is marked. Following that the lines are drawn to outline the estimated skin to be removed.
Occasionally, this incision is extended into the armpit and sometimes along the side of the chest wall to remove excess skin in these areas.
Once the skin is removed the wounds are sutured closed after placing a suction drain.
Post-operatively minimal movement of the arms is recommended for up to two weeks. It is helpful to utilize a compression dressing during the healing phase. A convenient method for this is to utilize a compression sleeve, oftentimes used by different types of athletes.
The scar that results will take 2 years or more to fully mature and fade.