Brachioplasty, or a surgical arm lift, is an operation that usually combines liposuction of the upper arm with excision of excess skin. It treats the dreaded “bat wings” that people can develop with aging or after massive weight loss.
The surgery is usually performed under a general anesthesia and takes anywhere from 2-5 hours. You typically wear a compression garment afterwards that looks like a bra with tight sleeves.
Brachioplasty is a very effective operation to create a better contour for the upper arm, but it comes with a big drawback. The surgery creates a lengthy, permanent scar that extends from your armpit to your elbow. Although the scar is usually not visible when your arm is at your side, when you lift your arm and wave at someone it can definitely be seen.
For this reason, most people who undergo brachioplasty surgery have a lot of excess, hanging skin of their upper arms. It’s not for someone with just a little. That skin should be flapping in the breeze to make it worth your while.
As long as the tradeoff is worth it for you, brachioplasty can be a very reasonable operation to undergo. Make sure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to get the best results with the lowest risk of complications.