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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty is indicated when there is both excess fat and skin in the upper arms. If the skin is toned and taught with only excess fat, liposuction alone is indicated.

Procedure
Although fat and skin can be directly excised from the upper arms, my preferred technique is to remove the excess fat by liposuction, then excise the excess skin. This method provides excellent contour and decreases complications such as sensory loss. Although relatively long, the scar lies in a relatively inconspicuous location on the inside of the arm.

Operative Time
1 ½ to 2 hours

Anesthesia
Local with IV Sedation or general

Risks
Wide scars, decreased sensation, and contour irregularities have been reported

Recovery
Limited activity of the arms 7-10 days, then gradual return to full activity.