Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty is designed to remove excess skin from the upper arm to improve contour and shape, helping to reveal underlying muscle tone and form. There are several different approaches to an arm lift and this is based upon what type of problems each patient demonstrates in the consultation.
For many women, excess upper arm skin can be a source of significant self conscious. Some women would go to length as to avoid wearing short sleeve or raising their arms in public. Excess upper arm skin can result from massive weight loss and aging.
Patients must understand that there is a tradeoff with any arm-lift surgery: improved form for a scar. Similarly, the biggest patient concern with this operation procedure is the postoperative scarring. The length of the incision is directly based upon how much skin excess is present and what is required to fully correct the upper arm. I have found that although every patient is concerned with a scar before surgery, nobody wants a partial correction of their problem to save on scar length.