Weight loss is considered an exciting achievement for men and women, especially those who have lost a considerable amount of weight. Sometimes, weight loss or years of weight fluctuations can have a negative impact on the skin, especially the arms where the underside may become loose and sagging. Age, genetics, and gravity also attribute to loose skin in the arm region. Plastic Surgeon, Dr. William Wallace offers brachioplasty surgery (also known as arm reshaping or an arm lift) to patients who wish to have tighter arms and arms that appear more contoured. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, arm lifts are among the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed after weight loss. Patients who have sagging skin under the arm would need to consider surgery to remove the loose skin deformity. The outcomes after an arm lift are both natural looking and exciting for our patients. For many, it is one of the final steps in the transformation process after their weight loss journey.
"Staff very professional and friendly. briefed us on what was going to happen and when and everything went by the numbers."- Anonymous / Facebook / Dec 26, 2018
"I recommend Dr Wallace and his staff."- A.S. / Google / Mar 10, 2019
"I'm so impressed with Dr. Wallace and his staff. He is incredibly talented and caring. Everyone is responsive."- Anonymous / Facebook / Mar 05, 2019
"Dr. Wallace is the best plastic surgeon I've met with and had work done with. He is always very polite, professional, and very accurate with all procedures he performs. I highly recommend him for any cosmetic enhancements or augmentations."- L. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I'm so impressed with Dr. Wallace and his staff. He is incredibly talented and caring. Everyone is responsive."- R.D. / Facebook / Feb 27, 2019
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete and is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital, but not usually. Following surgery, the arms should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-12 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
Arm Lift FAQs
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process at the time of your consultation and during your post-operative visits.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed and clearance is given by Dr. Wallace, patients can resume exercise and weight training. Combination of surgical intervention and weight training is a great way to add shape to the arms.