• 24 August 2016

When it comes to getting an arm lift, one of the top things that you should consider is the type of arm lift that is best for you. Though your surgeon is usually the one who decides about this, you still have a say in this matter if you know what the different types of arm lifts are and what they are used for.

This can also be instrumental in dictating the cost and extent of your surgery.

The most common types of brachioplasty are the upper arm lift and mini arm lift. However, there is more to the arm lift than just these two. The following are the different types of arm lift that you can consider when you decide to get a brachioplasty in Miami.

Upper arm lift

Also known as standard brachioplasty, the upper arm lift is the most common type of arm lift used among patients. It involves the removal of excess skin that droops like a bat wing from the armpit down to the elbow. This is often a result of rapid weight loss or loss of skin elasticity due to the natural aging process.

In an upper arm lift, your surgeon creates an incision extending along your arm, from your armpit to your elbow.  In some cases, the location and length of the incision may vary depending on a number of factors, such as the amount of skin that you want to be removed and the location of the excess skin flap. The incision shape may also be curved or z-shaped, as both of these can minimize the appearance of unfavorable scars after healing.

After the incisions have been made, your surgeon removes the excess skin and fat and brings the incisions together to provide a firmer and smoother arm contour. Incisions are carefully stitched beneath the skin so that the sutures are gradually absorbed by the body.

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Mini arm lift

The mini arm lift—sometimes also called as limited arm lift—is a great option for people who only need a minor revision to the skin on their upper arms. They usually have loose skin in the lower inner arm area near the armpit and not much excess fatty tissue. This is also best for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight due to diet and exercise, as well as those who developed sagging skin due to aging.

The procedure for the mini arm lift is pretty similar to the upper arm lift, but the main difference is that the incision is much smaller. In most cases, the diamond-shaped incision is located in the armpit crease, where the scar is barely visible. Since the excess hanging skin is often located close to the armpit, your surgeon may be able to pull up and tuck the excess skin into the armpit.

It is important to note that those who have had previous bariatric surgery is often not advised to undergo a mini arm lift as it does not provide the drastic revision necessary after extreme weight loss.

Extended brachioplasty

Those who have severely lax skin will benefit from an extended brachioplasty, as it is often the arm lift technique of choice for those who developed excess loose skin due to massive weight loss. In this procedure, the circumference of the arm needs to be altered through a reductive technique.

Your surgeon creates an incision between the inner surface and back of the arm, extending from the armpit down along the side of your chest. With this longer incision, your surgeon will be able to remove the maximum amount of skin and tissue on the inner and lower arm. It also includes excess loose skin and fatty tissue located under the arm area along the side of the chest wall.

Because of the huge incision necessary for the extended brachioplasty, this arm lift type creates a fine scar line along the lower edge of the inner arm. However, the location of the scar can easily be hidden out of sight.

Short scar arm lift

The short scar arm lift is best for patients with mild upper arm tissue laxity who do not want to get an extended brachioplasty. In this procedure, your surgeon creates a T-shaped scar to combine the diamond or crescent-shaped incision done on the mini arm lift with a short incision on the upper arm.  

With these two incisions, the excess skin and fatty tissues on the upper arm are removed while the arm skin is lifted towards the armpit. Lower arm tissue may also be removed in some cases to make it more proportional with the upper arm. As in the mini arm lift, the scar in the short scar arm lift is a curved line that can be easily hidden in the armpit.

L-arm lift

The L-arm lift is a fairly new arm lift technique that seeks to remove excess tissue on the upper arm, axilla, and lateral chest. This is reserved for patients with severe arm laxity and sagging armpits and upper chest tissue. The L-arm lift is also best for those whose arm problems cannot be solved even by an extended brachioplasty. Most patients who undergo an L-arm lift have had significant weight loss or bariatric surgery. Instead of having separate corrections of the arms, armpits, and chest areas, a single incision of the L-arm lift will do the trick.

Just like the extended brachioplasty, the incision on the L-arm lift extends from the armpit down to the elbow on the inner arm. A shorter incision is made from the armpit to the chest at a right angle, creating an L-shape. Through these incisions, the excess skin and fatty tissue of the arm and upper chest are excised. The hollowness of the armpits is also corrected to complete the L-arm lift.

When deciding what type of arm lift to get in Miami, it is recommended that you consult your cosmetic surgeon first before making any decisions. Schedule a Free Consultation with our board-certified surgeons here on Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery and we will do our best to answer any questions that you may have regarding the arm lift.