In an upper arm lift, incisions are made from just above the elbow and continue to either the armpit or even onto the chest wall. Some surgeons perform a zigzag at the end of the incision, to decrease webbing in the underarm area. Others do not feel this is necessary, but extend the scar into an L-shape on the chest. Sometimes liposuction is performed at the beginning of the procedure and sometimes it is a separate procedure, a few months prior to the arm lift. The upper arm lift takes an experienced surgeon just under three and a half hours to perform.
While a brachioplasty effectively removes hanging skin from the upper arm, it can leave conspicuous scars. However, in patients who have lost a huge amount of weight and have a lot of hanging skin, the arm lift may be an appropriate procedure. Recent operations have tried to move this scar from the arm to the armpit area. The risks include nerve damage as well as wound healing and contour problems. Scars can become red and raised for a long time.
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