How common is it for someone to need an upper arm lift?

After weight loss. It is a common procedure after massive weight loss, also a very good one.
Not Often. Upper arm lift (aka brachioplasty) is an operation to remove excess upper arm skin. It works very well for people who have a lot of extra skin, like after extreme weight loss. For most people with just a little skin, the scars are not well hidden and can be quite noticeable.
Depends. Arm lifting surgery is not an infrequently requested procedure; patients who have undergone significant weight loss may be left with significant skin/adipose tissue of the upper arms, which may not be amendable to any other type of surgical or nonsurgical treatment modality. Careful planning of the operation is critical to allow for placement of the resulting scar in as “hidden” a place...
Arm lift not common. Arm lifts are not a common procedure, but can be helpful in people that have lost massive weight. The scar is significant and minor wound problems and revisions are not uncommon. For most patients, liposuction is a reasonable alternative if the skin is good.

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How long does the upper arm lift take?

UPPER ARM LIFT. An upper arm lift procedure usually takes about an hour. This depends on the amount of skin & flesh to be removed; the more skin & flesh, the longer it could take, anywhere up to a few hours. Check with your surgeon. Read more...
1 to 2 hours. Arm lifting surgery is a very patient pleasing operation for the appropriately selected patient. In my hands, the operation takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. Careful planning of the operation is very important to place the resulting scar line in as hidden a spot as possible; best for the patient not to see the scar from the front or back views. Best wishes. Read more...
1-2 hours. An arm lift (brachialplasty) usually requires one hour of surgery, however depending on the case this can take up to 2 hours. Read more...
2-3 hours . A full arm lift takes 2-3 hours and implies a skin resection leaving a scar from the armpit to the elbow. A modified arm lift involves liposuction combined with a short scar confined to the armpit. The type of surgery recommended depends on the amount and degree of skin laxity present. Scarring overall is considerably improved due to better sutures and scar cream treatments with growth factors. Read more...
Brachioplasty. An arm lift takes a few hours. The time needed depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. I normally perform this type of surgery under general anesthesia, so from the patients perspective, the medicine goes in the IV and than we're done. . Read more...
It Depends. How long an arm lift takes depends on the complexity and the type of arm lift. The extended arm lift, or thoracic lift, is a 6-8 hour procedure. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific case and goals to determine your options. Read more...

Will I have to get poked with a needle or feel pain when I get an upper arm lift?

No. Most arm lifts are donr under general anesthesia. So, once the IV is in you will not feel any pain. Read more...
Arm lift is surgery. An arm lift if a procedure that is usually done under a general anesthetic. It is usually associated with mild to moderate post-operative pain. Read more...
Not really. Most upper arm lift procedures are done under general anesthesia. Therefore beside the intravenous needle you should not feel any other needle. Read more...
Minimal. After the IV is started, you should feel/remember very little. For the right patient, the armlifting procedure is generally a very patient pleasing operation. Best wishes. Read more...