Q: Where are the incisions placed in an arm lift?

What our experts say:

They run from the underarm region to the elbow. If only a limited lift is required, the scar may be totally confined to the armpit.

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Dr. George Sanders

Plastic Surgeon

Encino, California

Arm lift, or brachioplasty, is the fastest growing procedure in the United States. There are three different approaches to brachioplasty in terms of incision and scarring. The most common incision pattern starts in the axilla (aka the armpit), and extends out to the elbow. This incision can be placed along the biceps muscle along the inner arm, or inferiorly and behind the arm. Of these two positions, we have found that patients markedly prefer the inferior (or behind the arm) incision rather than the incision along the biceps muscle. The behind the arm incision is infinitely easier to hide during regular daily activities, and is also more amenable to coverage with foundation makeup. The big buzz in arm lift is the limited incision approach. Instead of an axial incision from the armpit to the elbow, a number of patients are candidates for an approach that goes from the front of the armpit to the back only. This new incision is nearly always hidden, and offers appropriately selected patients the exact same result as arm lifts done with the visible incision. We strongly prefer this incision in our practice, and use it in all indicated patients.

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