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Body Procedures > Arm Contouring / Lift

Normal aging or losing substantial weight can cause excess skin to accumulate in the upper arm and armpit. This excess skin often rubs together chafes. An arm lift brachioplasty removes excess skin between the armpit and elbow, reducing chafing and allowing clothing to fit better.

Key Facts

Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Length of stay: Same day or overnight in hospital
Length of procedure: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Anticipate: Swelling for up to 6 weeks
Discomfort: Moderate with prescription pain medications
Final result: 2 to 4 months
Duration of results: Typically 5 to 7 years, with normal aging

What to expect

Dr. Shafer will make an incision between the armpit and elbow in a location that will best hide the scar. The excess skin is removed and drain tubes may be inserted. In some cases wide or raised scars may occur.

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