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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Mesotherapy - A. Peter Salas, MD, FACS, FACM

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

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An arm lift will tighten the loose skin of the upper arm. It does not change the texture of the skin but by stretching it, the crepiness is made less noticeable. Sometimes the skin of the hand is also tightened or resurfaced. In selected cases ultrasonic liposuction alone may be adequate because it removes excess fat and may cause slight tightening. During an arm lift surgery, the excess skin is marked and then removed. In some patients the fascia or deep layer is held in place with special stitches attached to the fascia of the arm pit or axilla. The incision is placed on the inner and under surface of the arm and often curves or zigzags. It may also curve around the upper part of the arm. Often some fat is suctioned at the same time. The operation is done under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Most patients choose the latter, as they feel more comfortable being "asleep" during surgery. Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a stay in the hospital is not needed.

An arm lift is a surgical operation and involves some risk. The main risks are swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring and numbness or change in feeling; the main specific problem for this operation is the long and sometimes heavy scar. The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are back to work within one to two weeks.

What Our Patients are Saying...

"Dr. Salas and his staff were kind, gentle and caring while maintaining a high level of professionalism. My procedure went exactly as planned and I could not be happier with the results."