The “Arm Lift”
Loose and excess wrinkly skin in the upper arm can result from weightloss and textural changes associated with the ageing process. Liposuction alone can help in younger patients with good skin elasticity and augmented liposuction using radio frequency (Body Tite) may help to tighten skin and remove fat in less severe cases.
Markings are made to indicate the approximate skin removal. Thorough liposuction is undertaken in the area as this helps to preserve the underlying lymphatics, veins and cutaneous nerves all of which are essential for homeostasis of the limb. The skin excision is then carefully performed and the skin closure is coapted under minimal tension in order to optimise scar quality.
In cases of extreme weightloss, the skin removal can extend from the upper arm, across the axilla and on to the chest wall. It can also extend beyond the elbow and almost as far as the wrist in extreme cases.