An arm lift procedure
Generally this procedure is done under general anesthesia. First, the surgeon makes incisions on the undersides of the arms the pattern of which depends on the amount of the skin that is going to be removed.
Then he/she tightens the underlying tissues and secures them with stitches. The liposuction technique may also be used to remove fat in the arm lift.
Then the surgeon drapes the skin over the new contours and removes excess skin. Next, he/she uses stitches or surgical tape to close the incisions.
Different types of arm lift
Depending on the amount of fat, two kinds of arm lifts are done.
In a mini arm lift which is also called a partial or minimal incision arm lift, the surgeon makes a small incision in the armpit and gradually removes the excess skin over the arm through liposuction to incise the arm to a desirable shape. He/she may also exert excess skin. Then the surgeon carefully wraps the skin and leaves it to heal.
This technique of arm lift is ideal for those who have lost a moderate amount of weight or those that have substantial muscle tissue because of aging.
This method is also known as Brachioplasty. In this method, the surgeon makes an incision from the elbow to the arm and sucks out excess fat through it. Then he/she trims and secures the excess skin in place and leaves it for healing. An upper arm lift is ideal for those that have a drastic reduction in weight.