Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – San Diego

upper arm lift surgeryAn arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

An arm lift is performed to:

  • Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance

Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance, and are even called “bat wings” for their appearance when the arms are held out to the side.

Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.   If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.

The Arm Lift Procedure

Illustrations below show the incision pattern for the brachioplasty procedure.  The incisions are usually placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and most often extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. If excess fat is present, liposuction is performed to reduce the amount of fat.  Next, the underlying tissues are  tightened and reshaped with internal sutures and the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.  The incision is then closed with sutures.

The arm lift  incisions are wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment post procedure to decrease swelling. In some cases, drains may be placed via a very small tube placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Smoother, tighter and more toned upper arms are yours almost immediately, although initially the true results may be obscured by swelling and bruising.    Patients can typically return to work within 2 weeks and resume strenuous activity in 4 to 6 weeks.

The surgeons at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa are experts at body contouring and will ensure that you are pleased with the results of your arm lift surgery,  Arm lift surgery is often combined with other body contouring procedures and is an integral part of body contouring after massive weight loss.

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Arm Lift FAQs

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  • An arm lift is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the area underneath the upper arm, from the elbow to the underarm area. Aging, weight gain, and even your genes can cause your upper arms to sag and droop, giving you the “bat wings” or “bingo wings” you may have heard of. These wings don’t go away even with exercise and a disciplined diet, and this is why so many people seek out an arm lift.
  • Brachioplasty is another name for an arm lift. The brachioplasty surgery is designed to reduce excess fat and skin from beneath the elbow and underarm area. It also reshapes the arm, giving it smoother contours and skin, and an overall better proportioned and more toned look. If your arms appear to be saggy and loose no matter how hard you work, a brachioplasty might be right for you.
  • Yes. During a scarless breast lift, Dr. Lee uses the Inmode Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) system which achieves advanced skin tightening through a tiny cannula that uses electrodes and heat. This tightens the skin of the upper arm and reduces the amount of fat. Because there are no incisions it requires only local anesthetic and patients can resume normal activities immediately.
  • The arm lift surgery usually takes about two hours, although every patient is different. Patients can usually get back to work within 2 weeks. They can typically resume strenuous activity like normal exercise within 4 to 6 weeks.
  • An arm lift in San Diego starts at $7,900.
  • Liposuction is sometimes part of the arm lift procedure, but not always. Only if excess fat is present is there a need for liposuction. For some patients, excess skin is really the only problem, and for them, there is no need for liposuction.
  • The incision for the arm lift is underneath the arm. Any incision does cause a scar, but the incision is typically not very noticeable due to its placement.
  • Financing is definitely available for brachioplasty, through both Care Credit and Alpheon Credit. Alpheon Credit is a financing option exclusively offered to patients of board-certified plastic surgeons and a select few other specialists.