Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Weight gain results in stretching of the skin and loss of elasticity.  This is accentuated with aging as the skin and muscles become more lax.  Patients who are significantly overweight and undergo a large weight loss will notice that the excess skin in various areas of the body will hang unattractively.  This may be true in the neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen thighs and buttock areas.

More and more patients today undergo bariatric surgery (gastric bypass or banding for morbid obesity) which is followed by dramatic weight loss.  Dr. Samuel has operated on many patients who have lost massive amounts of weight in order to remove the excess, loose skin.  These operations have included face lifts, neck lifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks, thigh lifts, arm reductions, and buttock lifts. Frequently some of these surgeries are performed together under one anaesthetic.

The excess skin in the upper arms can mimic a so-called “bat wing”.  In the upper inner thigh there may be folds of loose skin.  The surgical aim is to remove the extra skin.  If there is excessive fat under the skin this may be reduced with liposuction at the same time.

Before surgery, with the patient awake and sitting upright, Dr. Samuel will outline the area of excess skin to be removed.  The markings are usually placed on the inner aspect of the upper arm.  If there is a large amount of excess skin to remove this is usually in the form of an ellipse extending from the armpit to above the elbow.  The closure, which is done with dissolvable stitches under the skin, places the scar along the inside of the upper arm.  If a patient has a relatively small amount of excess skin then it may be removed with a smaller scar near the armpit.  When necessary, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat.

Following surgery the patient has a light strip dressing along the scar.  As this is outpatient surgery the patient goes home the same day. Recovery usually takes a couple of weeks.

The main problem in arm lift procedures is the tendency for the scar on the inner aspect of the arm to occasionally become thick and elevated (hypertrophic or keloid).  Many patients who undergo this surgery are willing to accept the scar in exchange for an improved shape to the arms.

If you are interested in brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery please call Dr. Samuel’s office at 416-630-2715 or e-mail His office staff will be pleased to assist you.

Disclaimer:  The explanations on this procedure are meant to provide only an overview of information on the subject.  This does not constitute ‘informed consent’.  Each case must be assessed   by Dr. Samuel individually.  This will include a proper history, physical examination and discussion of the proposed surgery, post-operative course including the relevant potential complications.  During the consultation and subsequently, the patient will have opportunities to ask questions and clarify any concerns he/she may have relating to any aspect of their care by Dr. Samuel and his staff.

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