Reduction of Excess Arm Skin via Surgical Excision

  • John Y. S. Kim
  • Robert D. Galiano
  • Donald W. Buck


With natural aging or with significant weight loss, the skin and soft tissue of the upper arm undergo changes in their fat-skin composition and elastic properties. The relative laxity of supportive tissue and the relative excess of skin vis-à-vis underlying subcutaneous fat will lead to varying degrees of upper extremity ptosis. Not only is the appearance of this excess skin cosmetically problematic, but can also be functionally impairing with redundant soft tissue hampering adduction of the arm and occasionally leading to dermatitis within the folds.


Seroma Formation Excess Skin Intermuscular Septum Axillary Fold Axillary Skin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Y. S. Kim
    • 1
  • Robert D. Galiano
    • 2
  • Donald W. Buck
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of SurgeryNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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