Loose, sagging skin and uneven contours of the upper arm may make people self-conscious and uncomfortable, especially in short-sleeved clothing. A healthy diet and regular exercise cannot always guarantee smooth and firm upper arms.
Aging and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors can cause poor tissue elasticity resulting in excess hanging tissue and skin of the upper arm. Patients often express frustration with finding clothing to fit appropriately or to conceal this area in particular.
This problem area may be addressed with liposuction alone if skin integrity is intact and elasticity is still good. Liposuction alone will not address any excess skin. Skin is excised along the inner arm to help camouflage scars in the resting position, when your arms are at your side. The resulting scar is long, extending from within the armpit to your elbow or below. Most patients seeking brachioplasty are willing to trade their upper arm fullness and excess skin for these long, often visible, scars.