A patient who has undergone massive weight loss may have issues related to the appearance and function of the arms.

Problems that may need to be solved:

(1) sagging skin (ptosis)

(2) irregular fat distribution

(3) disability due to impaired arm function


Problematic fat distribution can be addressed by liposuction. Redundant skin may require brchioplasty (arm lift).


Complications of brachioplasty:

(1) seroma

(2) hypertrophic scarring

(3) cellulitis

(4) wound dehiscence

(5) abscess

(6) nerve injury

(7) cosmetic irregularities

(8) impaired arm function

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