Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. This condition is embarrassing for many people, particularly for those with severe cases.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms. The result is tighter, better toned arms, and a slimmer appearance. The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. Arm lift patients should be healthy overall, with no major medical conditions that may be affected by surgery.
During the arm lift procedure, an incision is made along the underside of the upper arm, often spanning from the armpit to the elbow. If necessary, excess fat can be removed using liposuction. Any excess skin is trimmed, tightened, and sutured into place, using sutures that are absorbed by the body within a few weeks. Dr. Chaudhari works closely with each patient to determine which procedure is recommended, based on the patients physical exam and a discussion of the patients individual goals for surgery.
The arm lift procedure is performed either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours, depending on the extent of removal required. Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery.
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Melinda (5’8” 206 lbs) lost 130 lbs from gastric bypass about 3 years ago and now has generalized skin laxity. Although she has loose skin everywhere, her highest priorities were her arms and torso. She underwent brachioplasty (arm lift) with circumferential lower body lift during a 10-hour operation.