Arm Lift

Learn More About Arm Lifts at Our Los Angeles-Based Practice

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An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is used to removed excess skin and fat from the upper arms in patients who have lost a large amount of weight in the area, or have developed excess loose skin due to aging. A brachioplasty at our Los Angeles-area practice can provide a noticeable improvement in the shape, tone of skin, and contour to the upper arms and its connection to the chest wall.

To learn more about an arm lift or brachioplasty in Los Angeles, contact Sunset Cosmetic Surgery or by phone at (310) 858-9100.

Scars can be the greatest drawback of a brachioplasty operation, and will extend down the inside or back of the upper arm, roughly from the armpit to the elbow. However, if done correctly by a skilled arm lift surgeon, the scars will be positioned to be very inconspicuous, and should not show at all when arms are down.

While this procedure seems to trade one or two cosmetic problem (loose skin and/or excessive fat) for another (scarring), those with extremely saggy, flabby arms tend to find this exchange very worthwhile.

Why Choose to Receive Brachioplasty at Our Los Angeles Practice?

Patients who visit our practice due to concerns about their arms often complain that the skin and fat “bat wings” or hang, or that their upper arms are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their body – thus forcing them to wear ill-fitting clothing simply to accommodate their arm size.

While removing extra fat via liposuction could be a less invasive method to improve the shape and contouring of the upper arms, traditional, deep liposuction can leave wrinkled, saggy-looking skin in its place. Patients who visit our practice tend to require a removal of excess skin, rather than (or in addition to) excess fat, which makes a brachioplasty or arm lift procedure a more appropriate option for them.

There are a number of advanced surgical techniques our skilled, double board-certified plastic surgeons use to tailor the operation to fit the unique concerns of each patient. A brachioplasty could include simply excising excess skin, or it could also include liposuction to reduce fat at the same time.

Who Can Receive a Brachioplasty?

The loose, sagging skin that a brachioplasty addresses typically occurs due to prior weight gain followed by weight loss, aging, and/or genetics.

  • Many patients have “fat arms” that they are seeking to correct, to keep in proportion with the rest of their body.
  • Some have upper arms that flap or sag when they are lifted, often as a result of significant weight loss through either bariatric surgery or from diet and exercise changes.
  • With aging, otherwise shapely arms can lose tone and firmness, and there may wrinkling that occurs due to weight loss or age-related muscle shrinkage.

Procedural Details

Markings are drawn on the arms to indicate areas for skin and/or fat removal. For your comfort during the surgery, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

The length and pattern of the incision depends on the amount and location of the excess skin and/or fat to be removed. Excess fat may directly be excised or removed with liposuction.

Once the excess skin and fat are removed, the incisions will be closed with stitches.

Typical Recovery Time After Arm Lift or Brachioplasty

The day after your brachioplasty procedure, you will be groggy from the anesthesia and pain medications. Patients typically wear bandages in the days following surgery.

Swelling (and sometimes bruising) continually get better with time, but are most noticeable in the first one to two weeks. Most patients are back to work in about a week and can resume moderate physical activity after several weeks to their comfort level. While you may see some smoothness and tightness immediately after surgery, the final results occur in about six months after the scars have matured.

To request a consultation for brachioplasty, contact Sunset Cosmetic Surgery or by calling (310) 858-9100.

Please note that all Before and After photographs shown on this site are patients of Dr. Svehlak or Dr. Yamini who have given permission to have their photos published. Images may be edited only to obscure distinctive features such as moles, jewelry, tattoos, or birthmarks for patient privacy. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Individual results may vary. Reputable surgeons do not guarantee outcomes, and no prediction of outcome is implied. Individual healing characteristics and unexpected complications can affect the outcome of any surgical or non-surgical procedure.