Cosmetic and Plastic Services

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm lift surgery at OHSU (batwing or brachioplasty) removes excess skin and lifts the remaining skin to create smooth underarm contours and a more appealing upper arm.

Weight loss, genetics and aging can cause the skin under your arm to sag. Exercise can help increase the muscle mass, but will not address the excess skin left behind. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is an outpatient surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from under the arm between the elbow and armpit. 

Your surgeon will make an incision in the underarm area extending from above the elbow along to the underarm area. Through the incision, the plastic surgeon tightens tissues for a better-toned body contour. Deep support sutures within the underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours and close the skin incisions. The result is a more proportionately shaped arm with a smooth contour.

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