Looking to see if I would be a good candidate for a arm lift and how bad would the scar be? (photos)

Looking to see if I would be a good candidate for a arm lift and how bad would the scar be? Also since I have a tattoo on one arm can the skin be pulled to cut off the tattoo without it looking horrible?

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Am I a candidate for arm lift?

Am I a candidate for arm lift? I believe I answered your question in a previous post, but the pictures here are much better of the arms. Looking at these photos, I do not think a full arm lift, or brachioplasty, is the right procedure for you. The scar is significant and is not worth it in your case.  Also the incision form lift will not remove the tattoo. In your case, I would rather perform conservative liposuction with a mini-incision in the armpit, followed by thermi-tight for skin tightening. This could be done all at once or separate from the tummy tuck procedure. 

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Lengthy scar necessary for formal arm lift her brachial plastic.

This car is the major aesthetic drawback with a brachial plastic. It will extend on the inner part of the arm from the axilla to the elbow. Over time most are satisfactory

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Would I be a good candidate for a arm lift

Thank you for your question and photos.  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:  scarring that may require scar revision (more so, in my experience, than 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.

Ultimately, as with any cosmetic procedure, you will need to weigh your degree of concern with the appearance of your upper arms against the downsides associated with arm lifting surgery. After careful consideration of pros/cons/risk/complications, you will be able to set decide whether or not to proceed.

If so, best to seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you will be pleased with.  

I hope this,  and the attached link, helps.

Looking to see if I would be a good candidate for a arm lift and how bad would the scar be?

Based on your photos- you appear to be a good candidate for an arm lift. The incision and the subsequent scar -is usually placed inside of the arm from axilla to the inner elbow. This allows complete removal of the hanging skin.

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