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Mini-arm lift procedures, called a mini-brachioplasty, are performed to eliminate a minor amount of excess fat and skin that sometimes occurs under the upper arms as a result of normal aging or following weight loss. Similar to a regular brachioplasty or arm lift, a mini removes less fat and skin and instead of a scar running under the arm from elbow to armpit, the entire scar can often be located in the armpit where it is much less noticeable.
For those who have lost a great deal of weight following bariatric surgery, traditional brachioplasty is often the solution, as a mini will not provide for the drastic level of revision needed.
Mini-brachioplasty can be performed on any healthy adult with sagging under the upper arm. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of mini-brachioplasty surgery at your consultation to confirm that this is the best course of action for your particular needs.
How the Procedures is Performed
Mini-brachioplasties are performed under general anesthesia in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. It can be performed along with other body contouring procedures, such as a body lift, thigh lift or abdominoplasty (sometimes called a tummy tuck). During the procedure, an incision is placed under the arm pit. Excess skin and superficial fat is removed and the incision is closed as invisibly as is possible. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours, depending upon the amount of fat and excess skin to be excised.
What to Expect During Recovery
Following mini-brachioplasty, you will experience some soreness and bruising in the incision sites which can be relieved with pain medication and ice packs. Most patients are back to full activity within a few days. When you leave our office after the procedure, your follow-up appointment will be set and you'll visit us within a few days to check on your progress. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for about a month after their procedure and avoid any contact sports or other activities that might cause trauma to the area. You will find that the scar will always be somewhat visible but will fade over time.