Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Before And After Photos

This is a young woman who had a150 pound weight loss. She was interested in her arms only. She is seen here after a brachioplasty (excision of excess tissue about the upper arms).

Lessons to learn:

  1. This is a high priority area after weight loss because it is so visible and bothersome. There is a scar that typically goes from the elbow to the armpit or longer. The scar is well hidden when a patient has his/her arms at their sides. After two years, the scar can be very fine.
  2. The biggest issue, however, with this procedure is the possibility of a poor scar (typically red and rope like). This outcomes is more likely if the surgeon makes the closure too tight.
  3. There is a way of performing this procedure that removes most of the guess work and getting it just right.
  4. Sometimes liposuction is performed as well as skin excision.
  5. Younger patients with full arms and good skin may benefit from liposuction alone.
  6. There is no non surgical technique that will improve this area adequately. There is no “skin tightening” device that will work here.
  7. She is now interested in a body lift procedure (a belt lipectomy or removal of tissue around the waist (front and back).