I gather that the incision for a brachioplasty can be on the inner arm or the back of the arm. If the latter, is the scar dead centre down the back of the arm or more to the side where the inner arm meets the back of the arm
Arm Lift Scar
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Arm Lift Scar Location (Brachioplasty)
There is much controversy over the best place to put an arm lift scar. The two best positions are in the back of the arms and the other is in the inner portion of the arm (bicipital groove). In the back of the arms the patient will not see the scars, but anyone behind you will. In the inner portion of the arms no one will see the scars unless you raise your arms outwards. From El Paso, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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Arm lift scar position
In plastic surgery- scars are least conspicuous when placed in natural border between aesthetic subunits. The best place for an arm lift scar (in my opinion) is in the groove between the biceps and triceps muscle on the inside of the arm. Scars on the beck of the arm are very conspicuous.
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This depends on whether you have a hidden inner armlift where the incision is hidden in the top of the armpit. It is almost imperceptible. It is primarily for patients with a minimal amount of skin redundancy in the lower arm versus the posterior armlift scar which is more effective, but leaves a long scar on the back of the arm. Please visit a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience and expertise in body contouring and armlifts.
Arm Lift Scar
Every surgeon reconstructive plastic surgeon has their own way of doing reconstructive plastic surgery. Some plastic surgeons prefer to place their arm lift or brachioplasty incision in the inner arm between the biceps and triceps. The incision extends from the armpit to the elbow. The beauty of this type of armlift or brachioplasty incision is that the incision is hidden. This is because we usually hold our arms down by our sides. With the arms held at our sides, this arm lift incision and resultant scar are concealed. The beauty of positioning the scar between the biceps and triceps is that it is rarely visible and is typically visible only when one’s arms are raised. However, some reconstructive plastic surgeons prefer to place their incision on the back of the arm. Typically, the incision is placed on the back of the arm or triceps region. Technically, I find this technique easier to perform and may have less risks of wound breakdown. The significant downside to placing the scar on the back of the arm is that the incision and resulting scar are clearly visible. This is why I prefer to place the incision between the biceps and triceps. I think an incision placed between the biceps and triceps provides a superior result than the incision on the back of the arm. However, every plastic surgeon has their preference. What ever the technique or placement of the scar, I believe compression and silicone gel sheeting are very important. I would continue compression and silicone gel sheeting for eight weeks after the arm lift or brachioplasty.
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Arm lifting surgery and scars
The arm lifting procedure is a great procedure to remove excess skin and adipose tissue of the upper arms. However, this procedure carries a major drawback: difficult scarring that may require scar revision (more so, in my experience, then other procedures).
I have tried placement of the resulting scars in the bicipital groove (between the biceps and triceps muscles) as well as a long the inferior–lower aspect of the upper arm. I have found higher patient satisfaction with the latter approach. If the excision can be planned such that the scar falls along the frontal aspect of the lower arm, then the scar may be visible only when the patient raises his/her arms.
As with many plastic surgical procedures, the planning of the incisions and resulting scar line is critical. However, even with attention to detail, the resulting scars may not be ideal and revisionary surgery is often necessary to improve the appearance (for example, the width) of the scars.
Thank you for the question–I hope this helps.
Position of scar after brachioplasty
The usual position of scars after a brachioplasty is on the inner aspect of the arm. The other position is where the inner aspect meets the back of the arm (posterio-medial). Both scars tend to spread but I have found that the scarring on the medial aspect of the arm is usually more prominent. My patients prefer the posterio-medial scar because it is not in their direct line of vision.
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Scars are the tradeoff in the arms
While brachioplasty is a common procedure I perform for patients who have had massive weight loss, it is the one in which we have longer discussions about the scars that may arise. Because the arms are round and exposed when wearing most clothes, the scars are the biggest tradeoff for the reduction in the excess skin. Most often, the scar is on the inner aspect of the arm where the biggest laxity in the skin is.
Arm lift scar
I think that I jsut answered a similar question if not the same exact one that is now listed agian. But the posterior arm scar if used is not always exactly down the middle.
Scars after Arm Lift
Scars after arm lift surgery are inevitable. The trade off of a scar instead of a "bat-wing" is almost always for the better.
For my patients, I place the scar where I feel it will be most inconspicuous. Usually this is in the natural groove a person has on the inside of their upper arm between the bicep and tricep muscles.
If there is a degree of excess skin on the chest just underneath the arm, the arm incision can be extended to remove that as well, while still being relatively well concealed, particularly in clothes.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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