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Arm lift (Brachioplasty)

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  • An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgery to remove loose skin from the arms. This skin occurs after a significant amount of weight loss or with aging. The skin is sometimes referred to as “bat wings”.
  • There is usually an incision that goes from your elbow to your armpit area. This incision is placed at the bottom of your arm so it can be hidden. With good scar care, this incision can fade very well.
  • Brachioplasty surgery takes about 2 hours to perform. After the surgery, the recovery is usually quick (about 2-3 days of rest). You must limit use of your arms and lifting for 3-4 weeks.
  • Some people may not need an arm lift, and may be a candidate for simple liposuction of the arms. Our surgeons will tell you what would work the best at your consultation.
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As we age, or with weight loss (as with gastric bypass surgery) we are sometimes prone to excess fat and sagging skin in our upper arms. This condition is sometimes referred to as “bat wings”, and is due to a combination of poor skin elasticity, excess fat accumulation and gravity. For patients concerned about the appearance of their upper arms, our Bakersfield plastic surgeons offer a procedure called an upper arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, to trim away the excess fat and skin, restoring a toned and tight appearance. We seek to give the best brachioplasty Bakersfield offers.

Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty It is an outpatient procedure, performed within 1-2 hours under anesthesia. After a recovery period of a few days, our patients regularly report a drastically improved appearance in their arms, as well as an increased confidence and willingness to wear more revealing clothing such as short sleeve shirts. Most people take only 3-4 days off of work from a desk type job. Heavy lifting is to be avoided for 2-4 weeks.

As with any cosmetic procedure at Beautologie, an arm lift begins with a complete consultation. During this time, your surgeon will perform an examination and listen to your questions and concerns. It is important to us that we share your goals, so this consultation is extremely important for the outcome of your arm lift. Once a total understanding is reached between patient and doctor, the procedure will be scheduled.

During an arm lift, your doctor first makes incisions that will be well hidden on the undersides of your arms. The length and shape of the incisions depends upon how much tissue will be removed, and will be thoroughly discussed beforehand.

Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will perform a combination of techniques to tighten the arms’ appearance. This usually consists of removing excess tissue and skin and liposuction for stubborn fat pockets. He will also tighten the tissues that sit underneath the skin to ensure the final result is not just skin deep. Once he is satisfied that he has properly tightened and removed underlying tissue, he will use precise closing techniques to produce minimal scarring. We use multiple layers of suture to assure the thinnest possible scar.

If the arm lift, or brachioplasty, sounds like the right procedure for you, call Beautologie in Bakersfield today. We strive to provide the best arm lift Bakersfield has available. We want you to love your results!

Content written and approved by Darshan Shah, MD Plastic Surgeon.