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Mini Arm Lift

Mini Arm LiftThe Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery now offers the innovative mini arm lift body contouring surgery to create tighter, smoother, and youthful looking arms. This less invasive procedure is designed to eliminate loose and sagging skin from the upper arms, remove excess fat pockets, and sculpt the arm tissue to provide a slimmer and shapely appearance.

Benefits of a Mini Arm Lift

  • The procedure is significantly less invasive compared to a traditional arm lift surgery 
  • General anesthesia can be avoided, depending on patient goals and only local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used 
  • The procedure can be performed in a safe and comfortable outpatient surgery setting
  • Minimal discomfort and downtime, faster recovery, and relatively low risk of complications  
  • Post-surgical scarring in a mini arm lift is much reduced compared to a traditional arm lift because of a smaller incision
  • Fat removal and skin tightening in the upper arms are achieved with minimally invasive Awake liposuction and Renuvion J-Plasma techniques

How is a Mini Arm Lift Performed?

In many cases, Dr. Sundin at VIPS will perform the mini arm lift plastic surgery using only local anesthesia and IV sedation. Your procedure can combine two minimally invasive techniques as follows: 

Step 1: Awake Liposuction for Fat Removal

At first, Dr. Sundin will place very tiny incisions (about a quarter of an inch) on the underside of your upper arm near the armpit to perform Awake liposuction. Local tumescent anesthesia will be used along with a saline solution to numb the area and loosen the targeted fat cells. Gentle, non-invasive radiofrequency energy may be used to minimize manual tissue manipulation. Applying a controlled suction process, Dr. Sundin will remove the unwanted fat to create a toned, slimmer look.

Step 2: Removal of Loose Skin 

Dr. Sundin will remove the excess loose skin from the upper arms to eliminate the sagginess. His goal will be to remove as much loose skin as possible in a safe manner through the small incisions. Too much skin removal can create problems of wound healing or undesirable scarring, while too little skin removal may fail to fulfill your aesthetic goals from the arm lift. Dr. Sundin has the skill and experience to create the right balance, and he will triple check the precise skin tension while performing the procedure.

Step 3: Renuvion J-Plasma for Skin Tightening

Dr. Sundin is trained to use the cutting-edge Renuvion J-Plasma technology to tighten and smooth the remaining skin in the upper arms. The technique involves the use of an advanced J-Plasma device, which will deliver a cool helium plasma stream on the underside of your lax skin. This low level heat technique will produce a substantial skin tightening effect and improve skin elasticity over time as natural collagen formation occurs in the treated areas.

A Mini Arm Lift Customized to Your Specific Needs

We encourage you to have a thorough in-person consultation with Dr. Sundin to discuss your personal aesthetic goals regarding your upper body appearance. During the consultation, Dr. Sundin will evaluate your upper arms skin volume and elasticity and the amount of excess fatty tissue in the area. 

Based on whether you have loose skin or stubborn fat deposits or both in the upper arms, and the degree of correction required, Dr. Sundin will determine your candidacy for mini arm lift and recommend a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.