If you have recently lost a great deal of weight through bariatric surgery or if several pregnancies have caused you to gain and lose weight over time, you may be bothered by drooping excess skin along your upper arm. Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin to tighten and tone the appearance of your upper arms.
In some cases, this loss of skin elasticity is merely due to the natural aging process. If the extra skin on your upper arms keeps you from wearing your favorite clothes or wanting to raise your arms over your head, consider an arm lift to restore a youthful looking contour to your arms. In some cases, the incision (and subsequent scars) can be kept hidden in the axilla, but in most cases, the incision extends from the armpit to the elbow to remove the maximum amount of skin.
If you have excess fat on your arms, your plastic surgeon may combine liposuction with your brachioplasty for the best results. Keep in mind that a full arm lift is impossible to do without leaving a scar. However, in time, most scars will fade. Most patients feel that the benefits of brachioplasty far outweigh the scars left behind by the surgery.