Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
For those desiring slim, supple arms, an arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty or an upper arm lift/tuck, may be right for you. Many patients who come to Premier Image are embarrassed by their large, saggy, jiggley arms. This surgical procedure removes loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm, reducing its circumference.
One of the reasons loose, flabby upper arm skin occurs, comes from a stretching of the anchoring system of the arm and loss of supporting fat that occurs with age. This results in an undesirable “loose hammock” appearance to the upper arms. As women age their bodies produce less collagen, which is the fibrous protein substance necessary for skin firmness and edacity. As collagen production lessons, skin starts to sag and lose its flexibility and resilience.
Another cause for the development of hanging skin under upper arms comes from dramatic weight loss. People who have undergone Bariatric Surgery are candidates for Brachioplasty. The skin had stretched to accommodate fat cells and once they are gone, the skin remains. As body volume decreases, the skin is charged with shrinking in size to fit around the body. However, older adults, those who have lost a large amount of weight, and weight loss occurred rapidly, have a difficult time with their skin keeping up. Results are drooping, saggy skin.
Arm lift surgery is not for everyone and you should discuss the pros and cons during your consultation with Atlanta Brachioplasty surgeon, Dr. Marc Klein. The amount of extra skin and degree of looseness in the supporting tissue will determine the amount of surgical correction necessary. Incisions are located along the inner arm from the elbow to the armpit. Scars are hidden as best as possible while still allowing for the best tightening of the tissue.