Loss of elasticity in the connective tissue, or severe weight loss, can
cause an undesirable accumulation of excess skin on the upper arm that
hangs down when the arm is raised. This can be removed during an arm
lift surgery (brachioplasty). Depending on the extent of the clinical
findings, the tightening of the arm can be performed using liposuction.
Surgical removal of excess skin is frequently required after prolonged
The operation is usually performed under local anaesthetic with twilight sleep, or under general anaesthetic if the clinical findings are more extensive. The arm lift surgery often includes a liposuction with two to three small incisions (in the armpits and on the inside of the elbow). In the case of pronounced excess skin, the loose skin is removed on the inside of the upper arm and thereby tightens it. A spindle-like incision is made in the skin on the inner side of the upper arm, and the detached piece is removed along with a section of fatty tissue. An additional incision is sometimes made in the armpit. The resulting scar on the inside of the upper arm can be covered with clothing, making it hard for others to notice. In some cases we recommend that patients have an accompanying fat removal treatment.
- Treatment: ambulant
- Duration: 2 hours
- Anesthetisation: general anaesthesia or local anaesthetics
- Compressing sleeves for 4 weeks
- No sport for 4 weeks
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