Arm Lift

ARM LIFT IN NEWPORT BEACH


An Arm Lift (brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm. The upper arm can become droopy or flabby from:

  • Genetics
  • Weight loss
  • Effects of aging

The intended result of a brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is to create a slimmer, more youthful arm contour.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT?

Arm lifts are performed on a wide variety of patients. This includes patients of healthy weight who just need a bit of tightening to achieve their desired arm shape. Most arm lift patients have undergone massive weight loss, leaving the skin on their arms loose for a “bat wing” effect. It is recommended that massive weight loss patients reach a stable weight before this procedure is done. Older women sometimes have droopy upper arms, which are easily corrected with an arm lift. Many arm lift candidates want to wear short-sleeve shirts without feeling self-conscious.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW IS AN ARM LIFT DONE?

  • Either Dr. Horowitz or Dr. Nichter will tailor the operation to your needs.
  • Patients with excess fat in the upper arm, but no excess skin, can benefit from liposuction alone.
  • Some patients will need excess skin removed. The placement and length of the incisions must be tailored to the individual to enhance the arm’s natural contour. Patients with a small amount of excess skin higher up the arm, an incision in the arm pit alone can attain the desired contour. Patients with a large amount of excess skin (massive weight loss patients usually fall in this category) may require an incision running from the elbow to the arm pit. Incisions are made in subtle locations to hide scars.
  • An arm lift is typically done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.

POST-OPERATIVE HEALING

  • Swelling: Right after surgery, the patient’s arms are wrapped in a compression sleeve to minimize swelling. The swelling will reduce over the next 10-14 days as part of the healing process. Bruising and swelling will continue to resolve over the 3-4 weeks following surgery.
  • Pain: Post-operative pain is easily controlled through oral medication for the first few days. Acute pain is generally gone after the first 7-10 days.
  • Scars: The scars on the underside of the arms will fade during the next 6 to 24 months, depending on the patient’s skin. The scar healing process can be hastened with scar treatments available at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery.
  • Asymmetry: Following your upper arm lift, the skin contours may be slightly uneven and areas of slight depression or wrinkling can occur. As healing progresses, most of these problems (if present) usually improve dramatically. Minimal asymmetry of upper arm lift scars occur frequently as healing is not always even from side to side. The mild asymmetry is usually not cosmetically significant. If the asymmetry is significant, revision surgery of the scars may be considered.

 

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