I gather that the incision for a brachioplasty can be on the inner arm or the back of the arm. If the latter, is the scar dead center down the back of the arm or more to the side where the inner arm meets the back of the arm

A: Arm lift (brachioplasty) scars

The traditional scar for an arm lift (brachioplasty) is located on the inner portion of the arm from the level of the elbow to the armpit, and sometimes extends down the side of the chest. This scar can take a long time to fade (over one year) and sometimes it does not fade very well leaving a potentially permanent, noticeable scar. However when the arm is down by your side, the scar is usually not seen.

Some patients who do not have as much extra skin may be candidates for a limited incision brachioplasty where the scar is hidden entirely within the armpit, and does not extend down the upper arm. These patients may require liposuction at the same time and usually have less skin laxity than the “typical” brachioplasty patient.

Ask your plastic surgeon to show you photos of the different types of arm lift scars so you know what to expect as these scars can be somewhat more noticeable in general compared to other areas of the body (ex. tummy tuck).

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno