Types of brachioplasty

Brachioplasty, otherwise known as an arm lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure which contours and reshapes the arms. This procedure is commonly performed on the upper arms. It aims to remove excess skin and excess fat from the arms.

As we age, the arms tend to gain weight and lose muscle tone and as a result, begin to look more ‘flabby.’ The arms are an area which often does not respond well to diet and exercise regimes. This can often leave people with low self-esteem and body confidence and will cause people to wear clothes which will cover the upper arms. A brachioplasty is therefore seen as a desirable solution.

However, it is not common knowledge that there is more than one type of arm lift which can be performed.

So what are the different types of brachioplasty?

Traditional brachioplasty

This involves removing excess skin from beneath the upper arm. The traditional brachioplasty involves a long scar which will run along the arm from the underarm towards the elbow. If necessary, liposuction will also be undertaken to remove any excess fat.

This method is suitable for those who have lots of excess skin which they are wanting to remove. The downside to this procedure is the long, visible scar which runs down the upper arm. However, if you choose to undertake this surgical method, your surgeon will be able to advise you on ways which you can help the scar become less visible over time.

Minimal incision brachioplasty

For those who do not wish to undergo an arm lift because of the long scar, there are other options. Those who have good skin elasticity and who have less excess skin to remove may be suitable for the minimal incision brachioplasty.

This method allows for the incision to take place under the arm, making it much less visible. This option may not be suitable for those who have a large amount of excess skin and those who have poor skin laxity, as you may not be able to remove all the excess skin and will not be able to achieve the best results.

Extended brachioplasty

Some people may find the excess skin extends from the arms and is also present on the chest. If this is the case, the extended brachioplasty may be the best method. This involves the same incision as the traditional brachioplasty, with an incision running from the elbow to the underarm. However, the incision for the extended brachioplasty continues under the arm and onto the chest wall to allow for the removal of further excess skin.

How can I tell which method of brachioplasty is right for me?

You may be able to gain a good idea about which brachioplasty method is best for you just by looking at how much excess skin you have, and knowing whether or not you would be ok with having a more noticeable scar.

Prior to undergoing a brachioplasty, you will need to meet with one of our surgeons. The surgeon will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for brachioplasty and which method is the best suited for you.

Are you interested in having brachioplasty? Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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