At my practice in Santa Monica, I perform arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) on women and men who come to my practice from the Los Angeles area because they want slimmer, firmer upper arms. Many people come to me after trying every arm exercise imaginable, to no avail. They are often embarrassed to wear sleeveless styles due to the appearance of their arms, and this can be problematic, especially here in Southern California. These women and men are usually thrilled to learn that an arm lift can give them the streamlined upper arms associated with youth and fitness, and that they don't have to simply accept heavy or sagging upper arms.
If genetics, weight loss or aging have resulted in excess fat or skin in your upper arms, I would be happy to discuss your surgical options. Request a consultation or call my office at (310) 576-3635 to schedule your appointment.
This is a 41 year old female who visited my medical practice regarding arm lift surgery. This patient had lost a significant amount of weight and was very unhappy with the loose, excess skin of her upper arms. She would hardly wear short sleeve shirts because she was too self-conscious about the...
This is a 51 year old female who visited my medical practice regarding arm lift surgery. This patient had lost a significant amount of weight and was very unhappy with the loose, excess skin of her upper arms. She would never wear short sleeve shirts because she was too self-conscious about the a...
This is a 63 year old female who visited my practice regarding arm lift surgery. This patient had lost well over 100 pounds after a gastric bypass procedure, and was very unhappy with the loose, excess skin of her upper arms. She would never wear short sleeve shirts because she was too self-consc...
Different people have different issues of the upper arm area. Some patients have healthy, firm skin with good elasticity, but the upper arm area retains excess fat. For these women and men, I can often perform liposuction to sculpt and slim the upper arms into better proportion with their bodies. The skin shrinks and tightens to fit the new shape of the arm, and incisions are minimal and well-concealed. This is often performed at the same time as liposuction on other areas of the body or other plastic surgery procedures.
For some patients, the problem is more one of excess, sagging skin that creates the notorious, wobbly "bat-wings" that hang down when the arms are lifted. This is often the product of significant weight loss, which has left behind overstretched, redundant skin. Many people also develop this condition as part of the aging process. Removing residual fat will not correct the problem of excess, lax skin; in fact, it will likely worsen it. For these individuals, the appropriate solution is a brachioplasty procedure.
Arm lift surgery is usually performed using general anesthetic, administered by a certified MD anesthesiologist.
During brachioplasty, I surgically remove excess skin and fat, tailoring the remaining skin to fit the underlying arm musculature. This involves an incision along the inside of the arm which may run from the armpit to the elbow. The scar usually heals as a fairly fine line, but in some patients it can widen or spread, and this scar must be taken into consideration when deciding to have an arm lift surgery. A new scar treatment product called Embrace® can be used to reduce the appearance of the final scar.
Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you will be discharged into the care of a friend or loved one the day of your surgery. You will wear a stretchy support garment for several weeks to help with optimal healing. I will give you specific instructions for post-op care prior to your surgery, and my staff and I are always available to answer questions along the way.