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Arm Lift Scar

Arm Lift Scar
35-year-old female patient three months following a brachioplasty – back view
Arm Lift Scar
35-year-old female patient three months following a brachioplasty – back left oblique view
Arm Lift Scar
35-year-old female patient three months following a brachioplasty – front view
Arm Lift Scar
35-year-old female patient three months following a brachioplasty – left oblique view
Arm Lift Scar
35-year-old female patient three months following a brachioplasty – left lateral view
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Arm lift scar is a major concern of clients seeking contour improvements in their arms. First, the arm lift incision is prone to scarring and prolonged healing due to its location. The upper arm, shoulders, and chest areas have a higher propensity for prominent scarring. Second, wearing short-sleeved shirts cannot easily hide this scar. Because of the location of the excess skin that requires excision, the incision line is exposed when the arms are down on your side.

In summary, the treatment for eliminating loose skin and excess fat requires an arm lift surgery. Various arm lift procedures have been developed to address the skin elasticity and fat excess that can develop in the upper arms. The surgical procedures describing arm lift surgery can span from the traditional Brachioplasty to a mini arm lift. Regardless of the cosmetic procedure option chosen, the visible scars remain a concern for patients who participate in physical activities whereby the upper arm is exposed and from prolonged recovery times. The scars can become quite firm in feel and appearance, much like a tightrope, for up to 1 year following upper arm lift surgery.

How can you manage your arm lift scar?

Vigilant scar management is prudent for ensuring that ultimate healing of the arm lift incision is achieved, thus preventing an unsightly arm lift scar. If you are considering an arm lift, you should be prepared for a prolonged recovery until the arm scar has faded and become camouflaged. Concern for prominent scars has led surgeons to design surgical alternatives in arm lift incision placements. Traditionally, arm lift excisions have been localized over the bottom of the arm, where the skin redundancy is maximum. This is because localizing the arm incision over the area of maximum skin laxity provides the optimum leverage for eliminating redundancy.

Unfortunately, an incision over the bottom of the arm is most visible when the arm is viewed from the back with your arms down to your side. A recent alternative to the traditional arm lift incision has been advocated by moving it more anteriorly to be located over the medial or inner aspect of the arm. Although this arm lift incision may be slightly more hidden, with the arms down, it does have the disadvantage of providing less leverage for eliminating skin redundancy. As a result, this modification of the incision line placement has yet to be universally implemented. Another alternative to traditional arm lift surgery is positioning an incision within the arm pit, called the mini arm lift. Although this incision can be more hidden with the arms down by your side, it can be quite apparent when you raise your hands to the sky.

Moreover, it allows for limited excess arm skin elimination localized to the proximal arm near the armpit. As such, patients desiring upper arm skin surgery to eliminate excess skin must consider their priorities. For example, traditional Brachioplasty scars must be acceptable if you have severe skin laxity. The minimal scar arm lift may suffice if you have minimal skin excess located over the proximal arm.

Are there any alternatives to an arm lift scar?

A final alternative to the arm lift scar is the consideration of arm contouring using a combination of liposuction combined with Renuvion J plasma subdermal coagulation. Renuvion subdermal coagulation describes a viable, minimally invasive alternative to excisional surgery since it avoids surgical incision lines. However, the application of Renuvion J plasma skin tightening is limited to only minimal to moderate skin redundancy. Our team at SurgiSculpt can help you decide which arm lift option is best for you.

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