FAQ about Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Surgery)

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Surgery) Pittsburgh- Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What surgeries are appropriate following significant weight loss (the kind that left me with excess loose skin)?

A: While patients work hard to achieve significant weight loss, unfortunately they are often left with loose skin and stretch marks that are impossible to change without surgery. These can be addressed with a combination of various procedures, the most popular and common of which is a tummy tuck. However, a thigh lift and an arm lift (a.k.a. brachioplasty) often accompany this procedure. Arm lifts, or brachioplasties, involve the removal of excess skin of the upper arm. This procedure can also be in conjunction with liposuction of the upper arm.

Q: Can I tighten the loose skin without surgery?

A: Maintaining strong muscles can be helpful when you want a sleek upper arm. Our non-surgical ultrasound skin tightening technology, Ultherapy, is typically used on the neck area, but the company is investigating its use for other body parts such as the upper arms. However, the effectiveness of Ultherapy on the upper arms has not yet been evaluated by the FDA, so we tell patients that the only way to have a guaranteed permanent result is through a brachioplasty surgical procedure.

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