Arm lift procedure
Arm lift procedure is performed in our surgery center under general anesthesia and usually takes 2 to 3 hours. The procedure is straight forward. An incision is made in the axilla (armpit), extending a variable distance down the inner upper arm. In patients with a small amount of excess skin, sometimes the incision can be hidden completely in the armpit. In patients that have large amounts of excess skin and tissue, the incision may extend to the elbow. Once the skin and underlying tissue have been removed, the incision is closed using absorbable sutures. The incision will be located on the inner portion of the upper arm, allowing for a well-hidden final scar.
If the excess tissue extends onto the side of the chest, as often occurs after weight loss, the incision can be extended into this area to address the skin there as well. If you have an excess of both skin and fat in your upper arms, you may be a candidate for a combination of arm lift with liposuction. Arm lifts can also safely be performed at the same time as other body contouring procedures, so be sure to mention to your surgeon any other areas you would like to address. Each case is unique and must be evaluated in order to determine which procedure or combination of procedures would best achieve your desired results.