Arm Lift Scar Position Favored by Most Women?
- Asked by Muriel
- 4 years ago
I know it depends greatly on the individual, but could you give me an idea of which Arm Lift scar position is favoured by most women, inner arm incision or incision at the junction of the inner and posterior aspects of the arm? I read that the skin on the back of the arm is tougher than inner arm skin and the scar may be pulled more centrally to the back of the arm. Is that a frequent complication? Thank you.
Arm Lift Scar
I think this is the same, there is no different between the inner arm and the junction of the inner and posterior incision.
There are really two places to put the incision, one is the inner aspect of the arm, the other is on the posterior aspect. By far, the most cosmetically appealing position for this incision is the inner aspect of the arm.
Arm lift scar locations
You are correct, the scar will depend upon the patient - by their anatomy, and not their preference. For really loose skin (usually following significant weight loss) the large amount of excess skin will require a scar along the inner upper arm that goes from the elbow to the armpit. For lesser amounts of skin, a scar entirely in the armpit (mini-lift) may be enough. Additionally, liposuction may reduce the excess fat. For even lesser problems, liposuction alone may improve the upper arm.
There is primarily an inner arm scar which is a minimal armlift, however, it is used in patients with moderate lipodystrophy and not for patients with extensive skin lipodystrophy.
Position of scar with arm lift
Usually it's best to position the scar on the inner aspect so it does not show when the arms are hanging reflaxed at the side. This can sometimes be tricky because skin tension can pull the scar back or forward a bit. Also, it's super important to do everything to get the scars to flatten out and fade. I have patients tape their incisions for 3 - 6 months which seems to accerate the scar maturation process.
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Arm lifting 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 both placements 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.
Scars for an armlift
For a full arm lift (also known as a brachioplasty) the scars run from the elbow up into the armpit and often down the side of the chest to the bottom of the bra line. The scars can be placed in two positions - on the back side of the arm or on the undersurface of the arm. Different surgeons have different preferences. The more posterior scar is visible when the arms are down at the side while the scar along the undersurface of the arm are visible when the arms are raised. Since the scars usually extend down to the elbow they are usually visible even in short sleeves. For some reason the scars near the elbow (which are of course the more visible scars) take longer to "settle down" and can be thick and ropey for a long time . The scars near the armpit improve faster. This is frustrating as one would like the more visible scars to improve the fastest! Since there are significant scars from a brachiopolasty there should be a significant improvement in contour to justify the permanent scars.
Scar location for brachioplasty
I prefer to hide the scar on the inner aspect of the upper arm so that when the patient's arms are down at her side, no one else should be able to see them. Putting it on the posterior arm, means that the scars will be noticeable to others.
Arm lift scar can be place to be inconspicuous.
The place ment of the scar for the armlift can be in the armpit, or extend down the inner arm. The placement can be either down the inner aspect or just a little to the back, depending on the patient's anatomy and how much skin needs to be removed. Sometimes liposuction is added to thin the flaps and remove some bulk.
Scar location for an arm lift
The location of the scar for an arm lift (brachioplasty) varies depending on a patient's anatomy and skin laxity. Generally the scar is located on the medial or inner aspect of the arm, extending from the elbow to the armpit. Sometimes this scar can located slightly more posteriorly or towards the back of the arm. The goal is to provide a good contour while at the same time concealing the scar when the arm is down by the patient's side. Regardless of where the scar is located, patient's must realize the scar can potentially be permanently dark in color and may be slightly thick. This is a tradeoff , meaning you will have a better contour but may have a noticeable scar.
Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and to discuss in detail the position of the final scar.
Best Brachioplasty Incision Site
The most favored position of the brachioplasty incision is along the inner aspect of the arm.
The extension into the armpit varies depending upon the mount of skin and fat to be removed.
Unfortunately, these are not tiny fine line scars, but can be worth it to reduce a large lax skin and fat excess.
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