Does the arm lift procedure leave a visible scar?

Last year I decided to lose weight and I really feel I have reached my desired body (minus the skin that resembles as bat wings under my arms). No matter how much I exercise I cannot seem to resolve the problem so I am serious about an arm lift. Is the scar large and visible? Is there a possibility to make the surgery with a smaller or hidden scar?

blueKelly

F, 40, Tennessee

Brachioplasty (otherwise known as an arm lift) is a type of cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm. In some cases, the procedure is performed with local anesthesia; in other situations, your doctor may recommend general anesthesia.

An arm lift does tend to leave quite a large, visible scar. The scar will initially be quite noticeable, but may fade to be less visible in the years ahead as the skin heals.

Exactly how visible your scar will be, is largely dependent on the skill of your surgeon. A skilled practitioner will be able to position the incision in a way that the resulting scar is obscured by the natural shape of the body.

Some surgeons prefer to make the incision on the back of the arm so that the scar is not visible when you’re talking to someone in front of you. Others may recommend placing the incision on the inner arm between the tricep and bicep muscles so that the scar is hidden when your hands are hanging at your side.

Arm lift scars are inevitable, but smart incision placement can help reduce visibility. Be sure to discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon before committing to arm lift surgery.

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Arm lifts (and thigh lifts, for that matter) tend to leave more pronounced scars than other types of surgery due to the tension involved with pulling the skin tight around what is essentially a cylindrical shape. With this in mind, it’s important that you have realistic expectations when considering brachioplasty and understand that there is a trade-off (you’re losing excess skin but gaining a scar). The prospect of having a permanent, visible scar might not sound very appealing but, in my experience, the vast majority of patients find the trade-off to be very worthwhile.

Most scars tend to gradually fade over time and arm lift scars are no exception. To help your skin heal, your surgeon will probably provide you with some detailed aftercare instructions. This may include applying tape, compression garments, and/or silicone sheets for a few weeks or months after surgery to take tension off the scars and promote healing, as well as using various skin care products. For best results, please follow these instructions exactly as directed.

First of all, let me congratulate you on your weight loss! As I’m sure you already know, significant weight loss and the effects of aging can cause the skin along the underside of the upper arms to sag. And, as you’ve found out for yourself, no amount of exercise can completely remove this excess skin. Your best option is plastic surgery.

An arm lift is a very effective cosmetic procedure that can remove loose skin and excess fat from your upper arm and help you achieve a leaner, more toned appearance. Arm lifts are most commonly requested by patients who have achieved massive weight loss independently or via bariatric surgery.

In regard to your main question, an arm lift always leaves a scar, which usually runs down the back of the arm or along the inner arm. In some cases, the scar can be hidden in the armpit, but I find that few people are good candidates as this technique only allows a small amount of skin to be removed.

In a regular arm lift, the scar tends to take about two weeks to close and another year to mature. Following your cosmetic surgery, it’s critical that you follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions during this time to help the skin heal.

Yes, the arm lift will leave permanent scars.  Many times, these scars fade nicely over time.  But on occasion, they can become wide or darker pigmented permanently.  There are several factors that are involved in scar healing, and your plastic surgeon should be able to discuss the realistic expectations with you at your consultation.  Best of luck!

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Arm Lift before & afters:

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Yes an arm lift will leave a visible scar, at least for awhile following your surgery.   With time the scar should fade.   Please make sure that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before proceeding with any type of surgery.  Best of luck, and congratulations on losing weight! 

An arm lift will result in a scar. A mini lift with the scar in the armpit may be an option for some. A full consultation with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon would be most helpful.

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