Arm lift, brachioplasty, is performed when extra skin is a problem. The procedure tightens up loose skin for a firmer appearance.
Procedure: The procedure is performed by making incisions on the inner and under the arms. Skin is removed using elliptical and triangular shapes. The opening can start at the armpit and go as far as the elbow. The remaining skin is stitched back together. A drain may be placed to remove any excess fluid. The procedure takes about 2-3 hours and is performed with local or general anesthesia. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient surgery. This can be done in conjunction with Liposuction.
Post-op: You may resume normal activities after 2-3 weeks. You will wear a special garment on your arm to help improve the scar. Complications with this surgery include excessive bleeding, infection, visible scarring, asymmetry, and changes in nerve sensation.