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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.

How many of us can say that we LOVE the look of our arms? Do you hate to show your arms in sleeveless tops? Have you tried to buy a formal dress with a sleeve lately? At a certain age, even if the arms are relatively slim, we may experience some sagging, wrinkled skin on the inside of our arms. When we age, the upper arm skin becomes loose and flabby. Weight gain and loss, as well as heredity, will precipitate sagging of the tissue and skin under the arms, known unfortunately as a “batwing”, technically the amount of loose skin that hangs down when the arm is extended.. A Brachioplasty (also known as arm lift), is a surgical procedure to reduce the circumference of the upper arm by removing and tightening the loose skin.

If the amount of fat and skin sag is extreme, a full Brachioplasty will probably be necessary. In this procedure,  the upper arms are liposuctioned to sculpt the arms and remove any excess fat deposits. Underlying supportive tissue will be tightened and reshaped with internal sutures, and the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.  A full Brachioplasty will definitely improve the appearance of the upper arm, but will require a scar that can extend from the arm pit to the elbow. The length of the scar will depend upon the amount of fat and “batwing” (the loose skin that hangs down when the arm is extended) that needs to be removed.  These scars usually heal well, but will be noticeable in sleeveless or short sleeved blouses. The tiny scars from the Liposuction part of the procedure will be barely noticeable once healed. Underlying supportive tissue will be tightened and reshaped with internal sutures, and the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.The length of the scar will depend upon the amount of fat and “batwing” (the loose skin that hangs down when the arm is extended) that needs to be removed.

Many plastic surgeons prefer performing the “Long Scar” traditional method for all Brachioplasties. Understanding women’s  fashion needs , Dr. Bond has perfected her technique for short-scar Brachioplasty, a procedure that leaves no external scarring that is visible in the short or sleeveless tops.

If the amount of stretched skin is not quite so severe, a short scar Brachioplasty is a workable alternative. The short scar technique will create a beautiful improvement in contour with a well camouflaged excision of excess or loose skin in the inner arm. In the short scar procedure, the arm is liposuctioned and loose skin is removed. The beauty of the short scar procedure is that the incision is fully hidden within the armpit crease, delivering a newly refined contour and smoothing of the skin with minimal scarring and patient downtime. The incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures that will dissolve within one to two weeks after surgery. A compression garment will be worn for six to eight weeks following surgery for best healing results.

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following the procedure, although initial results may be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

If you would like to improve the look of your arms and exercise has not accomplished your goal, call us to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Bond. who will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Fear sleeveless tops no more: the solution you need may be a short scar Brachioplasty

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