The upper arm lift is a procedure that is performed primarily due to massive weight loss. Regardless however many people are constitutionally strong in the upper arms, which disturbs. Also disturbing is the appearance of wrinkles on the inside of the upper arm, even with normal size upper arms.
There are two methods of upper arm lift available:
- A crescent-shaped incision in the armpit region
- A straight incision from the armpit to the ellbow
The method with the crescent-shaped incision reduces the amount of the upper arms only slightly, but the skin is able to be tightened on the inside, and thus eliminate wrinkles.
The method with the incision along the inside of the arm is very effective; it significantly reduces the volume of the upper arms and also removes wrinkles.
In the vast number of my patients, the excess skin is serious, so the long incision is necessary much more frequently than the crescent-shaped cut. Ideally, the scar is placed so that it comes to lie exactly at the transition of the inner upper arm and back. In this way, it is hardly visible in either the front or the back.
An important aspect of the arm lift is the prevention of skin tension in the armpit region, which can lead to a further relaxation of the skin and to a distortion of the skin incision in the direction of elbow. To this end, the skin must be anchored with a dermis flap to a solid structure in the axilla .
If a reduction of size is desired, and the skin is still taut, liposuction alone can achieve very good results.