Arm Lift Scarring?

My sister had an arm lift recently and she thought the incision was going to be in the middle arm. As it turns out the scar is on the back of her arm. Why do some doctors perfer to put the incision on the back rather than the inside of the arm. Is it better to do this as it achieves a better result or is it just an individual surgeons preference.

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Ideal Brachioplasty Incision

A nice cosmetic result following an arm lift procedure maybe achieved by removing excess arm skin, placing the incision in an inconspicuous location and avoiding significant tension upon skin closure. The exact location of the incision is based upon: surgeon and patient preference, how much excess arm skin exists preoperatively, quality and elasticity of skin, as well as the predominant location of the excess skin (closer to armpit versus elbow). Certain patients with less excess skin  located closer to their armpit, with good elasticity maybe candidates for a shorter incision whereas others may need a longer incision to achieve similar skin tightening. Its best to discuss incision placement and contemplated length with your surgeon prior to your arm lift. 

Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
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Extended Arm Lift Incision Placement

         The incision is typically placed on the inner aspect of the arm to hide the scar in casual activity.  A slightly posterior scar is a variation as well.

Location of upper arm scars in arm lift

The location of the scar is generally anywhere from mid inner arm when arms are held outstretched to the lower edge.  The goal is to get the excess skin off, restore a pleasing and balanced contour to the upper arm and have the scar heal nicely, being inconspicuous as possible.  Different doctors have different preferences and most will individualize to the patient.  Either way, it is preferable to not have the scar visible at all when the arms are hanging at the sides

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Arm incisions.

Great question. Over the years, I have switched to a more posterior approach because it seems to hide better and work better for most of my patients. Given that lots of my arm lift patients have lost a great deal of weight and have most of the excess in the back area, it makes sense for them to do it this way. I recommend that your sister review with the plastic surgeon the rationale for the posterior incision and I'm sure she will feel better. Good luck.

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Arm Lifting ( Brachioplasty) Scars?

Thank you for the question.

You will find that there are very many different ways  that plastic surgeons do specific operations. Furthermore, the location of resulting scars after arm lifting surgery will vary from one practitioner to another. To complicate things even further, sometimes scars  end up in a location where the plastic surgeon was not planning/hoping the scar  would end up.

 In my practice, I try to have the arm lifting scar end up at the very bottom of the upper arm ( when the patient's arm is lifted perpendicular to her torso).  I think that this scar will be less visible than if it is placed in the “bicipital groove” between the biceps and triceps or on the back of the arm. Again, my goal is to have the scar not be visible from the front or back views when the patient's arms are by her sides.

 I hope this helps.

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