Introduction To Arm Lift

photo before arm liftphoto after arm lift

This patient underwent an extended arm lift, performed by Dr. Connall. Note the improvement in the arm and the under arm contours.

Arm lift surgery, technically known as brachioplasty, is a common procedure performed by Connall Cosmetic Surgery in Portland, Oregon. 

Arm lift reshapes the upper portion of the arm from the underarm region to the elbow.  With the arm lift surgery, liposuction with the Body-Jet liposuction system is commonly added to sculpt the arm and to remove excess fat deposits.

Is An Arm Lift Right For Me?

Many people are candidates for arm lift.  Arm lift is an effective way to remove the sagging skin from the upper arms, which is often bothersome to patients, especially when they wear short sleeve shirts. 

The arm lift combined with Body-Jet liposuction, leads to tightening and repositioning of the skin into a youthful normal shape and proportions.

For some women, there is a small amount of excess arm skin, which cannot be treated without direct surgical removal of the skin.  For such patients with mild skin excess, the upper arm lift can be confined to the underarm area.  However, for most patients with mild to moderate skin excess, the best contouring is achieved with removal of skin from above the elbow to the underarm area.

An arm lift is also indicated in patients who have marked amounts of excess skin, often due to massive weight loss.  Such extra skin is commonly found in patients that have undergone bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass or laparoscopic band surgery. 

In patients with marked skin excess, the skin is often removed from below the elbow, to the inner arm, and to the outer chest area.  Though this procedure is more extensive, the shape of the entire upper extremity can be refined to a normal youthful shape. 

Arm Lift Surgery Versus Body-Jet Liposuction

Some patients desire improvement of the arms without the scars caused by arm lift surgery.  In patients with a small amount of skin excess and significant fat excess, Body-Jet liposuction can be a good alternative.  However, if there is significant sagging skin or loose skin with poor elasticity, then direct skin removal with one of the arm lift techniques will be needed. 

With most arm lift techniques, Body-Jet liposuction is also used to help with the removal of the tissue and to sculpt the surrounding areas. 

Related Topics

~ Full Tummy Tuck A tummy tuck is great for treating skin excess and laxity of the abdomen and is an option for some patients considering buttock fat grafting.
~ Body-Jet Liposuction Body-Jet liposuction is used with buttock fat grafting surgery. Additional body-jet liposuction of the abdomen and flanks may also be considered by Brazilian buttock lift candidates.
~ Thigh Lift Thigh lifts reshape and reposition the inner and outer thighs. An inner thigh is sometimes performed in arm lift patients.
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