Treatment options: An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can help reshape a saggy underarm. The costly and oftentimes painful surgery reshapes the underarm area from pit to elbow and can remove excess skin. A brachioplasty can reduce the arm's circumference by up to 75 percent.
However, brachioplasty can leave behind a noticeable scar on the inside of the arm. It may fade but it will not completely disappear. In certain cases, it may be possible to close the incision from a lift under the armpits, hiding all tell-tale signs of surgery. The results of an arm lift can furthermore be negated by post-operative weight gain and future age-related sagging.
If the droop is due to excess fat rather than skin, liposuction may also be employed. There should be at least 1.5 centimeters of hanging flab when pinched in order to perform the liposuction. Laser liposuction is a variation of the traditional form that uses heat to melt fat before it's sucked from the body.
How popular are these procedures? From 2000 to 2004, the numbers of upper arm lift surgeries increased by 2845%. At the turn of the century, just 338 documented arm lifts were performed, while just four years later that number jumped to 9,955.