If you have unsightly sagging skin of the upper arms due to aging, genetics, or weight loss, you may be a candidate for upper arm lift. This arm lift, or brachioplasty, is intended to reduce or eliminate excess skin from the upper arms.
Upper arm lift is usually done under general anesthesia. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is made from near the elbow to the armpit. An incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.
After brachioplasty surgery, the upper arms may be either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10 to 14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3 to 4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3 to 6 months. The scars fade in 6 to 24 months depending on your skin. An additional procedure that may enhance the result is liposuction of the upper arms.
Upper arm lift is considered cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and suitability of brachioplasty for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
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