Brachial Dermolipectomy


After major weight loss, alternating periods of weight gain and loss or simply with aging, a flaccid bulging of the posterior region of the arm commonly occurs. This is due to excess skin caused by stretching during the overweight period or to the loss of skin turgor with aging. As the skin on the posterior region of the arm is relatively thin, it does not retract sufficiently after weight loss, leading to the localized excess skin. Brachial (on the arm) dermolipectomy aims at removing this excess skin, providing a more natural e less flaccid arm silhouette.

Type of anesthesia: 

Usually general anesthesia.

Length of hospital stay: 

Usually general anesthesia.


Patients should avoid excessive movement, especially raising the arms, for 30 days, since the scar is in the armpit and will be subject to tension if such happens. The lower the tension on the scar, the less it will spread.


Among the possible, although infrequent, complications, we should mention: hematoma, seroma, infection, necrosis (skin injury), dehiscence (opening of the surgical wound), cheloid, thrombosis, embolism. Since these complications are more often found in smoking subjects, patients should refrain from smoking during the 30 days before surgery, in order to minimize risks. If the patient makes use of oral or injectable contraceptives, these should be discontinued one month before surgery, and another contraceptive method being used during this period.

Definitive result: 

The definitive result of a dermolipectomy is reached 6 months after the surgery, this period being necessary for the accommodation of the tissues and for the maturation of the scar.