Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of loose, hanging skin in the upper arm and underarm areas. While excess skin may be attributable to the natural loss of skin elasticity that occurs over time with age, it also commonly develops following a dramatic weight reduction through gastric bypass, lap band surgery, or another means. Unfortunately, sometimes the most highly targeted exercise regimen, such as a program that incorporates tricep extensions and weight-lifting – which are normally very effective for strengthening and toning the upper arm – will simply have no effect on residual extra skin. This can be especially frustrating for a patient who has worked hard to achieve his or her weight loss goal. In this situation, brachioplasty may help a patient reach his or her aesthetic aspiration.

Also known as an arm lift, brachioplasty can tighten and smooth lax skin to create the look and feel of a firmer, more toned upper arm. A traditional brachioplasty procedure generally involves an incision that runs along the length of the inner arm, spanning from the elbow to the armpit. Redundant tissue is excised through the incision, and then the underlying supportive tissue is reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the outer skin is lifted to a higher position to improve the proportion and contour of the arm, and the incision is sutured closed. To address excess fatty tissue in the targeted area, liposuction can be performed in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, brachioplasty.

Although the improved appearance of the arm following brachioplasty may be initially obscured by swelling and bruising, the smoother and tighter contours should become apparent shortly thereafter. The results can be expected to be long lasting, provided that the patient maintains a consistent body weight and general level of fitness.

Good candidates for brachioplasty typically include patients who:

  • Have moderate to significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Maintain a healthy, stable weight
  • Do not have medical conditions that could lead to surgical complications or compromise the healing process
  • Do not smoke

Patients in Tampa, Florida, who are interested in addressing loose arm skin with brachioplasty can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald was educated and trained at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago; is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; and has extensive experience in performing brachioplasty, arm liposuction, and other cosmetic procedures.

To learn more, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199.