Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
When there is good skin elasticity, a person’s arm can be reduced in size simply by suctioning the fat from underneath the skin with liposuction. When there is significant skin laxity, however—from sun exposure, aging, or weight loss—then arm skin needs to be reduced by surgery. The position and length of the scar may vary depending on the existing skin laxity and fat accumulation. While there are short scar approaches to moderate skin looseness, extensive skin laxity that extends from the axilla to the elbow requires a longer incision for correction. It extends along the inner aspect of the arm from the axilla to the elbow, and a piece of skin and fat is removed. Often liposuction is performed first to remove fat from under the arm before the excess skin is excised. The skin is then closed using plastic surgical techniques. A compression garment needs to be worn for about one week.