If you are prone to hanging skin in your upper arms after weight loss or your maturing skin is beginning to droop, we have a cosmetic surgery that can reduce your stretched-out skin: an arm lift. Austin, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV provide adult men and women with brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, to remove the excess and the tighten skin on the underside of the upper arms, sometimes called "bat wings." By reshaping the arm skin, you will have upper arms that are more defined, toned, and firm. At Breast and Body Center of Austin, our experienced team can help you understand the arm lift process so you can make a decision to correct the skin on your arms that will not go away on its own. We invite you to talk to Dr. Snyder in a one-on-one consultation to see if arm lift surgery is a good options for your needs and goals.
The goal of an arm lift is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. The length of the incision varies depending on how much skin and fat are to be removed. Patients who have a fairly good skin tone may only require a minor incision. However, patients who have excessively loose, hanging skin will require an incision that may run from the armpit to the elbow. At this time, the excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. In some patients, the armpit will also need to be addressed and surgically tightened.
Patients undergoing Brachioplasty are put under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 2 hours to complete. If the procedure is a part of an after weight loss surgery, which usually involves more than one body part, an overnight stay may be required. After surgery, the arm is protected with a compression garment and drain tubes may be present to avoid the risk of infection. Swelling and bruising are normal. Patients should keep the arm elevated to promote blood circulation and help with swelling. With proper care, the arm will return to normal function after several weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQs
Arm Lift or Lipo?
This depends on the amount of loose skin that is present. Patients who lose a significant amount of weight generally need the skin removed in order to attain a positive result. In fact, many times, arm lift patients do not even need liposuction because there’s no excess fat to be removed. On the other hand, patients who have relatively good skin elasticity may only need liposuction or minor tightening.
What About Scars?
Any patient who undergoes an operation where the skin is excised and incisions are made should understand that scarring is a part of the procedure, including Brachioplasty. Dr. Snyder makes every effort to ensure that the scar will be as minimal as possible. For post-surgery care, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be prescribed. It is also recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include Liposuction, Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During the consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made as to whether these procedures can be done at the same time.
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build actual muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can begin weight training if they wish to do so. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a recurring weight gain, which could compromise the surgical results.