Body Procedures







Minimal Incision Transaxial Brachioplasty

Sagging Upper Arms


Hanging skin and excess fat of the upper arms is a problem that distresses many women, especially those between the ages of 35 and 55. This loose skin and fat of the upper arms is a significant cosmetic issue that, in many cases, prevents the wearing of sleeveless tops.


Formerly, the operation routinely used to correct this problem - the brachioplasty - left the patient with a long visible scar from the armpit (axilla) to the elbow. While the operation was successful in removing the excess fat and sagging skin, the scar was always troubling to the patients. Despite this, the number of women undergoing this procedure rose by over 300 percent in the five year span from 1997 to 2003. This increase highlights patients' motivation to address the problem, despite the fact the operation left them with an undesirable scar.


Dr. Lawrence Reed, who is widely recognized for his work in body sculpting surgery, now uses a revolutionary new approach. Dr. Reed regularly gives presentations on his approach to Minimal Incision Brachioplasty at professional plastic surgery meetings and seminars attended by his colleagues in the field. Most recently, he gave a well-received talk at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in May of 2009. In addition, his article on the technique was published in the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Journal in the summer 2007 volume.


The hanging arm is corrected using an incision that is hidden in the armpit. For most patients, the old approach with the long scar from the armpit to the elbow is no longer necessary. Many people, however, will need liposuction to further sculpt the arm.


The operation is generally performed using sedation ( twilight sleep) and takes under two hours. Dissolving sutures are used and drains are not usually necessary. Patients can bathe or shower the next day and begin aerobic workouts in two weeks. However, the arms should not be raised above the shoulders the first four postoperative weeks.


Patient satisfaction is very high with the hidden scar technique.


Should you have any questions about this exciting new advance in body sculpture surgery, please feel free to speak to Dr. Reed or his staff for more information. We are all excited about achieving a better solution for an old problem.


  Back to Surgical Procedures

Home  |  About Dr. Reed  |  Press Center  |  Procedures  |  Aesthetic Updates  |  FAQs  Skin Care 
Top Ten List |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Notice of Privacy Practices  


The Reed Center for Plastic Surgery - 45 East 85th Street New York, NY 10028 Phone (212) 772-8300 Fax (212) 517-6832