One of the fastest-growing procedures performed by plastic surgeons today, arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty surgery) can help address any extra tissue in the upper arms that can give a displeasing appearance. This area can be extremely resistant to improvements with diet and exercise, and therefore surgery is sometimes the only option to achieve the shape you want.
An unpleasant appearance to the upper arm can be secondary to 1) excess skin, often present after massive weight loss and sometimes referred to as “bat wings” 2) excess fat, or 3) both excess skin and fat. Removal of excess skin requires an incision to cut out the redundant skin. Dr Jason takes every measure to ensure that the incision is placed in the least visible position along your arm. Typically the scar for an arm lift is best concealed by placing it in the lower inner edge of the arm. The length of the scar really depends on where the excess skin is located. If the extra skin is only in the very beginning of the arm, the scar can often be hidden in the arm-pit. Some patients only have extra fat in their arm and therefore are candidates for liposuction alone where the scarring is minimal.
Brachioplasty Surgery Facts
+ Length Of Arm Lift Surgery: 2 hours.
+ Length Of Stay: Typically outpatient unless combined with other procedures
+ Brachioplasty Recovery: Your arms will feel tight and swollen for about 2 weeks. You will wear a special garment to help with this swelling. You will be up and about within the same day; start showering in two days; stitches are dissolvable; bruising mostly gone by 1 week; back to work if not strenuous after 1 week; avoid any exercise or significant increase in your heart rate for 2 weeks. Can restart gentle exercise routine at 6 weeks and return to full activity by 3 months. Scars will continue to lighten and mature over 6 months to a year.
+ Arm Lift Scars: Scars are variable in length and will be based on the extent of excess skin. During your initial arm lift consultation with Dr. Jason, will discuss what to expect based on your personal needs and surgery.
+ Risks/Possible Brachioplasty Complications: Serious complications, while possible, are unlikely. Some potential arm lift complications can be avoided by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions.
Brachioplasty Before & After Photos
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Questions
1. Should I start a diet and exercise regimen before or after an arm lift (brachioplasty) procedure? To achieve the best possible result in body contouring it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This should be started before surgery so that you can keep it going after surgery. Although you will have to take a break from exercise for a few weeks during your recovery, it important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Many of Dr Jason’s patients are more motivated by their new body shape following surgery and want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
2. Can an arm lift (brachioplasty) be combined with other procedures? Yes, an arm lift (brachioplasty) is often combined with other procedures of the breast, body, or face. Liposuction of the arms can often be included with the procedure to achieve the best result. This would be a good opportunity to address other common troubles some spots such as the flanks or abdomen.
3. What should I ask during my consultation to find the right doctor for me? You should look at the doctors before and after photos critically and decide whether you like their sense of aesthetic. Cosmetic surgery is an art and therefore you want to find a doctor that matches your taste so to speak.
4. How long will the effects of a brachioplasty last? It is very rare to need to repeat the procedure if there are no dramatic changes in your weight. Therefore, patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle will continue to enjoy the result of their procedure for many years to come!
5. How long will it take to heal after an arm lift (brachioplasty)? Most of the swelling and bruising will be gone by 1-2 weeks. You can return to activities, even exercise, that do not stress the incisions after 3 weeks. A compression garment is recommended for 6 weeks. You can return to full activity by 12 weeks.
6. When can I start working out again after an arm lift (brachioplasty)? For the first 2 weeks following surgery, you want to avoid straining (lifting anything more than 5 lbs), or getting your heart rate/blood pressure up as this can lead to bleeding. After 2-3 weeks you should avoid mechanical forces that will put stress on the areas treated. This means you should avoid high impact activities that lead to excessive movement or stress on any of the incisions. Listen to what your body is telling you at all times, for instance stop the workout if you experience any new discomfort. Remember, getting plenty of rest and reducing your overall activity will give you time to heal and speed up your recovery.
7. When can I go back to work after an arm lift (brachioplasty)? It really depends on how what you do for work. If you have a desk job you can typically return to work within a week. If your profession is more physically demanding, Dr. Jason recommends to wait at least 2 weeks before returning to work. Remember, you do not want to strain or lift anything that weighs more than ten pounds for the first 2-3 weeks.
About Brachioplasty Surgery
An arm lift (brachioplasty) procedure typically last approximately two to three hours. Dr. Jason will typically create an incision to best conceal your scar inside your arm. The incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible, however, its length will vary depending on what your particular case needs to achieve the best possible shape. Dr. Jason will also employ liposuction in any of the areas you need to achieve the best result. The extra skin from your arms will be removed and your incisions are closed using absorbable sutures so there is no need to later remove any stitches. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a week while some mild swelling may persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.
What To Expect After Your Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Surgery
The procedure is performed at UCLA’s state of the art outpatient surgery center that provides an unparallel level of safety. US News has ranked the UCLA Medical Center among the top 5 hospitals in the country for more than 20 years. Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery suite where you will stay and be cared for and monitored by UCLA’s excellent nurses. You can take a shower after 2 days but baths, swimming, or soaking of your incisions should be avoided for 4 weeks.
Most patients require prescription narcotics for at least a few days after surgery. You can drive if you’re not taking prescription narcotics and most feel up for it 1-2 weeks after surgery. You can return to work within 1-2 weeks as long as it doesn’t require any significant physical activity or lifting.
UCLA Arm Lift Consultation
If you are considering getting an arm lift, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Jason Roostaeian. Click here to book a consultation or call 310.825.8827.
At the consultation Dr Jason will listen closely to what you are interested in and what type of look you are trying achieve. Dr Jason specializes in natural looking results and will take guide you toward the procedure that fits your body. You will have the opportunity to thoroughly review his earlier work and see whether his results are what you are looking for.