About Arm Lift Surgery
One big challenge that comes with aging or weight loss is the development of loose skin. At Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as an intervention for patients who cannot seem to tighten and tone their arms with diet and exercise. Loose skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, particularly for people who have lost weight or are advancing in age. An arm lift removes this unwanted skin, commonly known as "bat wings." Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin is highly skilled in fat removal and skin-tightening procedures. If you want to learn more information about how brachioplasty can correct the physique of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation at Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery in Brea, CA or Beverly Hills, CA.
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Who Needs Arm Lift Surgery?
An upper arm lift is a plastic surgery that uses innovative methods to reduce unwanted skin and to contour the shape of an arm. If you're tired of hiding your "bat wings" and want them to appear taut and trim again, then you may be a great candidate for arm lift surgery. You should be in good overall health so that your skin will recover well. Some of the top signs you may be an arm lift candidate are excess, loose skin on your upper arms, plus lost tautness of your skin. It's important to ensure that you are at or near your ideal weight before your surgery.
How We Perform An Arm Lift
Most likely, your arm lift surgery will be performed in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are scheduled to be performed at the same time. An arm lift may be done alongside other surgeries (often performed at a facility with inpatient monitoring), including tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts — if Dr. Corbin considers it safe. An arm lift is usually done under general anesthesia and can require a few hours to complete. The excess skin will be surgically excised starting at the elbow up to the underarm. The incision will be placed to be as hidden as possible, but it will leave a visible scar. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn pockets of fat, this can be completed also. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be sutured in place. You'll have to care for the incisions by keeping them clean, bandaged, and supported with compression garments following surgery.
Your Recovery Period
A typical recovery period lasts about two weeks with lots of arm elevation and rest. Give yourself time to heal. You use your arms for almost everything, so most patients should ease their way back into their daily activities. A suture removal appointment will be scheduled for about ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be kept on until you're released by Dr. Corbin. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, you should avoid all exercise except short walks. If you observe uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), infection, numbness in your arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please contact Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery for assistance.
Arm Lift FAQ
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
The cost for an arm lift will be based on several factors. Before we can determine your costs, Dr. Corbin will start with a consultation to understand your concerns and goals. Following this, he can create your treatment plan and break down your cost estimate. To make it easier to afford a skilled plastic surgeon and get the results you want, Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery takes several payments. We can also give you information on low-interest financing.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is normal for patients who want an arm lift to create a custom treatment plan with another surgery. This is often known as an upper-body lift and may combine liposuction, a breast lift, or tummy tuck. Arm lift surgery is also frequently done as part of an after weight loss surgery for those who have lost a large amount of weight and need full body contouring. During your initial consultation with Dr. Corbin, other surgeries can be talked about so your custom treatment plan matches all your needs and goals.
Will there be scars?
A surgical arm lift requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be scars from sutures. However, Dr. Corbin will make every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, ointments to assist in scar healing will be suggested, along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Corbin also recommends you avoid UV exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients consider the overall benefits of an arm lift outweigh the appearance of scars.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are several nonsurgical skin tightening options, they will only provide mild improvements. To correct moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, arm lift surgery is your best option. In addition to removing excess skin, Dr. Corbin also uses liposuction on small pockets of fat and smoothes the tissue and remaining skin for a better result. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Corbin can explain all possible treatments in your consultation and help you choose which is best for your needs and goals.
Get Back Your Shape
If you're at a healthy weight but still can't get rid of the skin and flab that hang off your upper arms, Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery can help. Please contact us to schedule your private consultation for arm lift surgery with Dr. Corbin. Our office accepts several payment methods, and we can also help you find low-interest financing. We look forward to helping you look and feel younger and fitter with this innovative cosmetic procedure.