The Problem: Excess, Sagging Skin on Your Upper Arms
Many of us struggle with this issue as we age or lose a significant amount of weight. The technical term for this is “bat wings” or “bingo wings”.
The Solution: Brachioplasty
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Darren M. Smith has helped hundreds of patients achieve gorgeous, toned arms through brachioplasty.
This transformative procedure removes the loose skin and fat from your upper arms, revealing the beautiful shape that’s been hiding underneath.
What is brachioplasty arm lift?
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a type of cosmetic surgery that helps improve tone and definition in the upper arms by tightening sagging skin and supportive tissue, removing pockets of fat, and smoothing over remaining skin
How is an arm tuck performed?
The procedure involves several steps, including administering anesthesia, making incisions on the inside or back of the arm depending on the surgeon’s preference, removing excess skin and fat, tightening and reshaping underlying supportive tissue with internal sutures, and closing the incisions with absorbable sutures or stitches.
The following are the steps of an arm lift procedure:
- Anesthesia: Medications are administered for the patient’s comfort during arm lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
- The incision: Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of the plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.
Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on the patient’s specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of the arm.
- Closing the incisions: The incisions will be closed either with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following the arm lift.
Recovery Timeline After Brachioplasty
|Recovery Stage||Timeline||Tips for Comfort|
|Early Recovery||First 1-2 weeks||Take pain medication as needed, keep incisions clean and dry|
|Intermediate Recovery||2 weeks to 2 months||Gradually resume light activity, keep scar moisturized and massaged|
|Final Recovery||2-4 months||Transition to normal activities, continue scar care regimen|
After your procedure, be sure to follow Dr. Smith’s customized recovery plan to ensure proper healing. With diligent scar care and gradual return to activity, you will be ready to show off your beautiful new arms within a few months.
What are the scars from brachioplasty like?
The scars from brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, can vary depending on the type of procedure and the surgeon’s preference. Here are some common types of scars from brachioplasty:
- Traditional arm lift: The scar will run along the length of the upper arm, from around the elbow to near the shoulder. The incision is generally made in the groove between the biceps and triceps muscles, on the inner part of the upper arm. This is the part that faces the body when the arm is down, and so the scars will be well-hidden most of the time. However, raising the arms above the head will make the scars more visible.
- Extended arm lift: The scar is generally placed in the groove between the biceps and triceps but is extended into the armpit. This allows the surgeon to remove excess tissue from that area as well. Although the scar is somewhat longer, the extra length is well hidden in the armpit.
- Limited-incision arm lift: Some patients are candidates for a limited-incision arm lift, which involves a shorter incision that is placed in the armpit. This technique is best for patients with mild to moderate skin laxity.
How much does brachioplasty surgery cost?
The cost of brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, can vary depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure, the location of the surgery, and the amount of skin and fat to be removed. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of an arm lift is $4,861, but this does not include other expenses such as anesthesia, facility fees, and medications.
Overall, the cost of brachioplasty can range from anywhere around $4,000 to $5,000, but it is important to note that insurance plans typically do not cover the cost of arm lift surgery unless it is medically necessary.
The Life-Changing Results
The results of brachioplasty can be life-changing. Dr. Darren Smith’s clients routinely report feeling more self-assured and comfortable in sleeveless tops or dresses. They’re no longer avoiding certain activities or making sure their arms are always covered up. Their new confidence positively impacts all areas of life.
But a sculpted, vibrant appearance is just one benefit. By removing the excess tissue, there’s also improved range of motion and reduced pulling or chafing sensations caused by sagging skin. Your arms will feel lighter, healthier and more comfortable.
Why do people choose to undergo an arm reduction procedure?
- To remove excess fat and skin: The upper arms can be especially problematic for those who have lost a lot of weight or have excess skin due to aging, genetics, or other factors. An arm lift can remove the excess skin in the upper arms, smooth out any underlying issues in the supportive tissue of the arm that help add shape and definition, and remove small pockets of fat deposits in the upper arm region.
- To improve physical comfort: Excess skin in the upper arms can cause discomfort, irritation, and even rashes. An arm lift can help improve physical comfort by removing the excess skin and reshaping the arm.
- To improve appearance: An arm lift can help improve the appearance of the upper arms by making them look smoother, more toned, and more natural. This can help people feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.
- To achieve a more sculpted look: Some people may want to achieve a more sculpted look in their upper arms. In this case, the surgeon may perform liposuction on the arms to remove deposits of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
- To maintain a healthy weight: An arm lift is typically done on adults with stable weight. Rapid weight gain or loss following an arm lift can undo the results. To maximize results, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight before and after the procedure.
Take the First Step Today
Don’t wait to start feeling comfortable in your own skin. You can get ready for tank top weather with a brachioplasty procedure that delivers natural, dramatic results.
With proven expertise, Dr. Darren Smith is here to help you reveal the beautiful arms you were meant to have. Every brachioplasty procedure is approached with an artistic eye and commitment to safety. During your consultation, you will be walked through your options and will receive a plan that is specifically customized for your unique goals.
Schedule a consultation today and take the first step toward the confidence you deserve.