Due to the factors associated with weight loss, weight gain or age, the skin of the upper arm can appear not as toned as a patient would like. Correction of the abnormality can include liposuction, surgical removal of excess skin, or a combination of both.
An incision is made, starting in the axilla (armpit) and ending around the elbow. The length of the incision, however, is subject to the amount of tissue that is needed to be removed for the optimal result. This incision lies on the medial side (inside) of the upper arm, hidden from general view. If only a limited brachioplasty is needed, the incision is only located in the axilla (armpit).
There is no involvement with the arm muscle therefore recovery from surgery, for most patients, is relatively quick and without major pain. A compression garment is worn for a minimum of six weeks to aid in the reduction of swelling and to promote healing.