Arm lift surgery, clinically known as brachioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to tighten and lift sagging skin on the upper arms and enhance the contours. The surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm area to pull the skin taut and build new arm contours that complement with the rest of the body appearance.
Dr. Gary Motykie is a leading board certified plastic surgeon providing arm lift and other procedures of the breast, body, and face. As a well-known cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Types of Arm Lift
Arm lift plastic surgery can usually be performed using two different techniques called the upper arm lift and the mini or partial arm lift.
Upper Arm Lift
In this case, the surgeon will remove loose skin that is sagging from the upper arm. Skin in the upper arms may typically sag due to the natural aging process or major weight loss. The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing an incision along the arm. The length and location of the incision will depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed and the location of the skin flap.
In a standard procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make the incision from the armpit to the elbow. The incision may be curved or Z-shaped to keep the scarring visibility minimal. Patients with substantial loss of skin elasticity in the upper arms may have to undergo an extended brachioplasty. In this case, the incision will begin from the armpit and run down along the side of the chest. The longer incision will enable the surgeon to remove a larger amount of skin.
Mini Arm Lift
If the patient only requires a minor revision of the upper arm skin, a mini arm lift may be performed. The procedure is not really different from a full upper arm lift, but the incision in this case is smaller. The incision will typically be placed in the armpit to ensure minimal scarring visibility. The surgeon will remove the loose skin and excess fat through the incision. Dr. Motykie provides arm lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas.
A mini arm lift surgery is generally recommend for patients who have gone through a moderate weight loss, or those who are bothered by the appearance of normal skin laxity in the upper arms due to aging. The results with mini arm lift are more subtle and natural looking.
Patients can expect to return to their workplace or resume other activities in about a week to 10 days. Heavy lift, running, and other vigorous exercises can be resumed in about four to six weeks.
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