Brachioplasty or “arm lift” is also a very popular procedure especially in women. Men and women have very different patterns of fat distribution. Men are very simple creatures and have a very simple pattern of fat which is commonly called an “apple” pattern. Women, on the other hand, have a more complex pattern, also called a “pear” distribution, but, in fact, it is more involved then that. Men experience excess fat in the typical “spare tire” area, but usually not anywhere else. Women, on the other hand, can have excess fat deposits from their head to their toes, and very commonly in the arms. This more intricate distribution of fat is why women complain of “fat ankles” or “fat arms” or “saddlebags”.
Correction of this condition in the arms is achieved by two methods. Sometimes both techniques are combined.
If the skin tone of the upper arms is good, simple liposuction is sufficient. The skin in this area has a phenomenal ability to contract, and therefore gives excellent results in such situations.
However, if the skin tone is not good, then a surgical incision will be necessary, with the additional complexities this entails. The incision extends from the elbow to the armpit and sometimes has a wavy course. This generally heals well, and when it is placed in the low and inner arm, is well camouflaged.