If you dread the arrival of sleeveless season, you’re not alone. Loose, flabby arms (also known as “batwing arms”) can be very difficult to tighten and tone, and, in some cases, fat deposits on the arms can prove completely resistant to diet and exercise. If you have trouble losing weight in your arms and desire a more toned, defined appearance, then arm lift surgery may help you achieve your goals.
What it Is
Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery is a procedure that removes loose, hanging skin from the upper arms that can be caused by aging, major weight loss or hereditary factors. While liposuction alone can help to remove fat deposits, brachioplasty is performed to restore the tight and firm appearance of younger arms. During the procedure, Dr. Born makes an incision from the armpit down to the elbow, taking care to place it on the inside of the arm so it is relatively hidden. Excess fat and skin is removed and the incision is closed and held with surgical tape to minimize any pulling.
Is it For Me?
Candidates for brachioplasty surgery range in age from 18-70 years old and are in good health and fit for surgery under general anesthetic. If you struggle with loose, floppy arms or stubborn deposits of excess fat in the upper arms, then arm lift surgery can help to restore the appearance of firm and tight arms. In many cases, liposuction can sufficiently reduce bulky arms and full arm lift surgery is not required. Brachioplasty is uniquely suited for patients who have a fair amount of both excess fat and skin and who require skin tightening in addition to fat reduction.
Dr. Born has performed hundreds of arm lift surgeries throughout his career and is regarded as one of the most accomplished cosmetic plastic surgeons in the industry. His knowledge and expertise is matched by a personalized approach to all patients under his care. Moving forward with any surgery is a monumental decision for anyone, and knowing that your surgeon is experienced, prepared and on the same page as you is crucial.
What to Expect
Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia and the procedure takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the case. After the procedure, you will see the results from your surgery right away, with continued improvement over the next few weeks and months as swelling subsides. It is important to understand that brachioplasty surgery will leave a long scar where the incision has been made. It is impossible to fully predict how any patient’s scars will heal, however most patient’s feel that the overall change in appearance is worth it and are happy with their more youthful, toned and tight arms. Dr. Born is known for his expertise as a surgeon and will work carefully to ensure placement of any incisions is as discreet as possible.
Arm lift surgery is considered a safe procedure for most patients, but it is important to remember that it is not right for everyone. Although rare, post-operative complications can arise including bleeding, oozing, infection, swelling, poor healing, unattractive scar formation and swelling. Dr. Born will discuss in detail all of the potential risks associated with your arm lift surgery during your private consultation. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your surgery. Our pre-operative screening process is designed to determine if you are an ideal candidate for surgery. To view a complete list of complications associated with surgery performed under general anesthetic, click here.