About Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Plastic Surgery 

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Arm Lift Plastic Surgery 

About Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Plastic Surgery Brachioplasty or arm lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to correct sagging skin on your upper arms to create a rejuvenated appearance. This body contouring surgery involves trimming away of your excess, loose skin in the upper arms.   Once the procedure is completed, the surgeon will pull the skin taut to ensure that it conforms smoothly to your new arm contours. Your upper arms after the surgery will appear more youthful and complement the rest of your figure.   Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides brachioplasty to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding communities.  

Arm Lift Surgery Techniques 

Two different plastic surgery techniques are available to perform your brachioplasty procedure. If you choose a full upper arm lift, it will require the placement of an incison in the armpit and along the underside of the arm to the elbow. On the other hand, a mini arm lift will only involve an incision in the armpit.  

Full or Extended Upper Arm Lift 

The full upper arm lift surgery will involve an incision along your arm. The length and precise location of the incision can vary according to the amount of skin laxity in your upper arms as well as the location of the loose skin flap. Your surgeon may create either a Z-shaped or a curved incision to minimize the subsequent scarring.   If your skin in the upper arms is significantly loose or hanging, you could be a candidate for an extended brachioplasty. In this case, your incision will go from your armpit and down along the side of your chest. Your surgeon will be able to remove maximum amount of loose skin through this longer incision. 

Mini Arm Lift 

If you are only seeking a minor skin tightening in your upper arms, you may choose a mini arm lift. The only difference between a full and a mini arm lift is that the incision in a mini lift will be much smaller. Through the incision, your surgeon will eliminate excess skin to create a tighter and firmer contour.   The surgeon will aim to create the incision within your armpit so that the final scar is almost invisible from outside. This procedure may be more appropriate for you if you have undergo a moderate amount of weight loss, or have developed loose skin because of aging. But if you have had a massive weight loss following a bariatric procedure, you might benefit from a traditional full upper arm lift surgery.  

Recovery and Scarring  

You may be able to resume your regular activities in about one week after your upper arm lift surgery. However, you should refrain from vigorous exercises or lifting of heavy weights for about three to four weeks.   When your procedure is performed by a skilled surgeon, you can expect minimally visible scarring because they will conceal the incisions as far as possible. In about one year, your scars will anyway fade to thin, white lines.   Keep in mind that a full arm lift is impossible to do without leaving a scar. Your doctor will work carefully to conceal the scar as much as possible. After about one year, the scar will fade. Most patients feel that the benefits of brachioplasty far outweigh the scars left behind by the surgery.   Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for advanced procedures such as brachioplasty. 

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For more information about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. at Vinings Surgery Center please visit us at

Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas.

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