Posted by administration on July 2, 2017

Brachioplasty.jpgBrachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the upper arm by removing excess skin and fat from the underarm and tightening the underlying supportive skin tissues.

Variations in age and weight can cause the arms to have a loose, saggy appearance. While exercising may improve the underlying muscle tone of your upper arm, it cannot correct the sagginess of excess skin. In such cases, brachioplasty can be an appropriate solution. You may want to consider arm lift surgery if:

  • Your weight is normal and you feel your underarm laxity is ruining your arm’s appearance
  • You have undergone a massive weight loss causing excess upper arm skin and fat
  • The skin on your upper arm has lost elasticity and has weak tissues
  • You have a positive outlook with realistic expectations

Brachioplasty Surgery Techniques

Usually, the arm lift technique chosen depends on the length of the patient’s arm, skin quality, and the amount of excess underarm fat and skin. In Denver, Dr. Serota can help you make the right decision based on your anatomy and personal preferences. The primary techniques Dr. Serota uses are:

Invisible Arm Lift: This method involves removing excess skin at the crease of armpit, usually resulting in a short scar. In most cases, it is performed in conjunction with liposuction of the upper arm to remove any fatty tissue.

Traditional Arm Lift: This procedure is used to remove the excess underarm skin and fat that extends from the armpit to the elbow. The incision is normally made on the underside of the arm.

Extended Arm Lift: In an Extended Arm Lift, also known as Thoracic Lift, the incision is made from the armpit down to the area under your arm along the chest wall to remove the excess skin and fatty tissues. This procedure also includes removal of skin along the side of your upper chest.

To learn more about brachioplasty or to schedule a surgery consultation in Denver, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or


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