Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Surgery) in Dallas, TX
Upper arm skin can become permanently overstretched and sag due to aging and lifestyle factors, especially weight fluctuations. As the arm tissues loosen, they can become hanging "flaps" that swing with every arm movement. Unfortunately, diet and exercise cannot correct significant tissue and skin laxity on the arms, even with a rigorous weight lifting regimen.
People interested in attaining firmer, leaner, and more toned arm contours can benefit from a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty.
What Is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty (arm lift surgery or arm reduction) is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes the upper arms. It tightens the underlying arm tissues and eliminates excess skin and fat to achieve more youthful, toned arms.Schedule a Consultation
How Is an Arm Lift Performed?
Brachioplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. Once your incisions are made, your plastic surgeon will tighten your loose skin and secure it over your muscles. If you want to remove excess fat on your upper arms, liposuction techniques or excision may be used.
Excess skin is trimmed away.
There are three options for your arm lift incisions: limited, standard, and extended.
During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Morales at his Dallas office, he will discuss your needs and goals for your arm lift procedure and create a personalized surgical plan.
With this arm lift technique, the incision is made within your armpit.
Limited-incision arm lifts can be performed if the excess skin is located higher up on the arms, close to the armpit. This technique is best for patients who also don't have much excess fat in the upper arms.
The shorter incision usually results in a faster operation and quicker recovery.
Standard arm lifts use an incision from the armpit to the elbow. The incision can be placed along the underside or back of the arm.
This incision that extends the length of your arm is the most common form of arm lift surgery.
The extended incision is similar to the standard incision (from the armpit to the elbow), but it will also go down the side of your torso a few inches.
This is necessary if there is hanging skin along the side of the chest. Extended brachioplasty is generally needed for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
What to Expect After Brachioplasty
What Is Recovery Like After an Arm Lift?
Soreness and bruising are both common post-operative conditions. Any pain or discomfort can be treated with oral medication. These symptoms will likely subside after the first week. Swelling is also common during arm lift recovery and may not fully subside for a few months after the procedure.
After your surgery, you will need to wear compression garments on your arms for one to two weeks to aid in the healing process.
Patients usually return to work after three to seven days. More strenuous activity and exercise may be resumed after two to three weeks, but patients should refrain from lifting heavy objects for two to four weeks.
When Will I See My Arm Lift Results?
Will Arm Lift Surgery Leave Scars?
If you would like more information about cost and how to maintain your arms after surgery, Please contact Dr. Morales or call our office in Dallas, TX.Request More Information
Frequently Asked Questions About Brachioplasty
The cost of your arm lift surgery will vary depending on the incision technique. Other factors affecting brachioplasty cost include the need for liposuction, anesthesia costs, and other associated fees.
Dr. Morales will provide you with a personalized quote during your consultation.
If you struggle with excess skin in your upper arms that does not respond to diet and exercise, brachioplasty may be right for you. Ideal candidates will be in good health, have realistic expectations, and be clear about their desired results.
Before you undergo arm lift surgery, you should be at a stable weight you are comfortable with. Significant weight changes (gain or loss) after your arm lift can affect your results.
Many patients choose to undergo arm lift surgery after significant weight loss. As with any body contouring plastic surgery, patients should maintain a stable weight for at least six months before undergoing arm lift surgery.
Generally, the procedure length is about one to two hours. This will depend on your incision length and whether liposuction is also used.
If you choose to add other procedures to your operation, this time will extend.