Arm Lift Scar

Posted by administration on May 22, 2017

Arm_Lift.jpgIf you feel self-conscious about sagging skin on your upper arms, an arm lift, brachioplasty, may be an excellent solution for you. During this surgical body contouring procedure, excess hanging skin is trimmed from the arm.

Arm lift surgery may be a good option if you have recently lost a lot of weight after bariatric surgery or due to diet and exercise. It can also be an effective way to treat signs of aging in your upper arms.

An unavoidable side effect of arm lift surgery is scarring. While there is nothing that can be done to avoid arm lift scars, Dr. Serota will work carefully to conceal the scars as much as possible.

The size and location of an arm lift scar depends on the type of arm lift procedure and amount of skin removed. Dr. Serota will help you choose the right arm lift technique for you based on your cosmetic goals and the natural contours of your arms.

Upper Arm Lift: The traditional scar for an arm lift is located on the inner portion of the arm from the level of the elbow to the armpit, and sometimes extends down the side of the chest. A curved or z-shaped incision may be created during the procedure to minimize the appearance of scarring after healing.

Extended Brachioplasty: If you have severely lax skin, you may be a better candidate for an extended brachioplasty. In this surgery, the incision will stretch from the armpit and down along the side of the chest. This longer incision allows the maximum amount of skin to be removed.

Mini Arm Lift: This type of arm lift is best for patients who do not have a large amount of skin to be removed. In this procedure, the incision is much smaller. In most cases, the incision can be placed in the armpit, where the scar will be barely visible.

It takes quite a while for a scar to heal. During the first few months after an arm lift procedure, it is normal for the skin along the incision to appear bright red. The skin may also be raised. While the scar is healing, most patients conceal their scar. The location of the incision ensures that the scar should not be noticeable unless a patient has their arms raised. Patients can be confident that as the scar continues to heal, the appearance of it will become less noticeable.

If loose, upper arm skin is affecting your confidence, you may be an ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure. To learn more about arm lift surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Serota by contacting Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or


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