Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty or Arm lift)
As a result of weight loss and the normal age related effects on skin laxity, men and women often develop an excess of upper arm skin and fat which tends to hang down as a loose fold extending from the armpit to the elbow region. This is especially noticeable when the arm is outstretched.
A brachioplasty (“arm reduction”) is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arm in order to improve the shape and contour of this region of the body. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes 2-3 hours to perform and requires 1 night stay in hospital. During the procedure the excess skin and fat are excised leaving a short horizontal scar in the armpit connected to a long scar on the inside part of the arm extending from the arm pit to the inside of the elbow region. The wounds are stitched with dissolving sutures leaving the resulting scars as hidden from view as possible. This cosmetic procedure has high patient satisfaction and low complication rate. It can be performed in conjunction with liposuction if additional excess fat needs removing.