About Arm Lift Surgery
If you have lax skin hanging on your upper arm (elbow to underarm), we have a surgical intervention to tighten and tone this area resistant to diet and exercise. Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, at Dr. A Jay Burns Cosmetic Surgery will change the appearance of your arms when you are dealing with frustrating loose skin (from losing weight or maturing skin). Sometimes referred to as "bat wings," the pendulous skin of the upper arm is very common in men and women who have lost a significant amount or weight, have a genetic predisposition for loose skin, or gravity has taken its toll throughout the years. Dr. Burns, Dallas, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, is very experienced in skin tightening and fat removal procedures, and offers private consultations for arm lifts. If you would like to learn more about how an arm lift can change the appearance of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation today.
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery using innovative techniques to slim the arm, and take years off the skin's lax appearance. If you are self-conscious about your flabby arms, and want them to look healthy and fit again, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You should be in good overall health so that the skin will heal well. Some of the key indicators for an arm lift patient are loose, hanging skin on the upper arms, and lost elasticity of the skin. It is also important that you be at your ideal goal weight prior to surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Procedure Recovery Location
Most likely, your arm lift surgery will take place in an out-patient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are being performed at the same time. An arm lift can be combined with other procedures (usually performed in an in-patient setting for monitoring), such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts, if it deemed appropriate. An arm lift is performed under a general anesthesia, and may take several hours to complete. The excessive skin will be excised from the elbow all the way up to the underarm. The incision will be made as inconspicuous as possible, but will most likely leave a visible scar. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fatty deposits, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured back into place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and wrapped with compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period should last about 2 weeks, with lots of arm elevation, rest, and allowing yourself time to heal. You use your arms for everything, and many of our brachioplasty patients ease their way back into their normal routines. A suture removal appointment will be set for approximately 10 days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released from this treatment. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise should be avoided, with the exception of taking short walks. If you experience excessive swelling, bleeding, hematoma (fluid build-up), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring please call our office for assistance.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or the droopy skin on your arms, we call it an opportunity to change your life with plastic surgery. If you are at your goal weight, and still cannot lose the flab and skin that hangs from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation. Look younger and fitter with brachioplasty.