Loose and hanging arms are possible as one age or lose weight either intentionally or following a weight loss surgery. This leads to a bat wing appearance to the arms with hanging skin below which is very unsightly and has a profound effect on the psyche of people, particularly when they want to wear outfits with short and tight sleeves. The removal of this excess arm skin is known as Brachioplasty or Arm Lift.
Who are the ideal candidates for an Arm Lift procedure?
How is the procedure done?
For patients that have extra skin that is minimal in nature and is located near the armpit, an improvement can be attained through a scar limited to the armpit. This is called a medial arm lift. For patients who present with a lot of upper arm skin excess, as in the case of most massive weight loss patients, tissue must be removed through a scar that runs from the elbow, through the armpit, and onto the side of the chest. There may be a tube drain left at the end of the procedure which will be removed after 2-3 days. You will be given a light compression dressing over the upper arms after the surgery.