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Mini or Limited Incision Brachioplasty / Arm Lift

Mini Arm Lift

Mini or Limited Incision Brachioplasty / Arm LiftArm lift benefits individuals with skin laxity as long as the problem is moderate or mild. Also called brachioplasty, arm lift procedures result in a final scar that is limited only to the armpit region. In some cases, the scar may extend all the way to the elbow. Your arm contour will be improved since the procedure allows for removal of extra skin.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides limited incision brachioplasty to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.

Mini Arm Lift and Liposuction

Surgeons may recommend combining arm lift procedure with liposuction in patients with extensive upper arm issues. It is common for surgeons to perform both liposuction and mini arm lift procedure together in a safe manner. The surgeon can fully tone and sculpt the arms. Very tiny incisions are required in advanced liposuction techniques. This allows the scars to be discreetly placed which minimizes visibility.

Mini Arm Lift with J-Plasma

J-Plasma procedure for tightening the skin in upper arms is an in-office procedure. This procedure is performed by making small and discreet incisions in strategic locations. The incisions are usually made in the upper arms where the skin is sagging and loose.

J-Plasma device is then used sub-dermally (undersurface of the skin) for delivering cold plasma energy. This helps in immediately shrinking, tightening, and revitalizing the skin from within. The results are instantaneous and continue to improve as the body recovers.

Numerous Advanced Technologies

Many years ago, surgeons used to rely on performing full brachioplasty cosmetic surgery for removing excess skin from the arm. However, with the advent of J Plasma and ultrasound or laser based liposuction technology surgeons can now fully optimize a mini arm lift procedure. This is the best way of blending technique with technology.

Vaser ultrasound technology and other sophisticated liposuction technologies allow for smooth fat melting. At the same time, J-Plasma skin tightening works towards internal shrink wrapping. Broad spectrum of options is offered by cosmetic surgeons this way. Having multiple options allows patients to find out the best approach that works for them.

Where arm lift surgeries are concerned, the surgeon may recommend different operations for different people. This is because different approaches result in different anesthesia, scar, and downtime tolerance. Custom made cannulas can be used by surgeons for getting around corners within the armpit. This may result in a completely faded or hidden scar.

Elbow liposuction access points are rarely used as they tend to leave two dark dots behind the elbows. These tend to be noticeable at social gatherings.

Results and Recovery

Pain medications and antibiotics are required for a few days. It’s critical that patients do not raise their arms for at least a month. This is to avoid putting tension at the incision site. Silicone based gels can be applied after a week for enhancing scar healing.

Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for limited incision brachioplasty and various other body contouring aesthetic procedures.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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