As we age, skin loses its flexibility and its ability to adhere to underlying tissue. The changes don’t end there. Our other tissues and muscle also go through significant change, often losing their youthful appearance. But an arm lift can help restore your arm to a more youthful shape and look. Also known as brachioplasty, this procedure has helped countless patients achieve their goals.
Why Go for an Arm Lift?
Age changes almost every part of your arms. Combine this with weight changes, genetics, and gravity, and you can see significant changes. Your upper arms can especially show signs of aging or sagging. The “sleeveless” trend in fashion has motivated women and men alike to seek cosmetic surgery. An arm lift in Beverly Hills is often a solution to problems with excess upper arm skin.
Exercise may strengthen and improve muscle tone, but it cannot address skin elasticity. Nor can it resolve unwanted fat deposits that give the arms their flabby appearance. Fortunately, with an arm lift, Dr. Gabbay creates a sculpted upper arm that you are proud to show off.
What Does the Surgery Do?
Brachioplasty surgery involves either subtle skin tightening or more dramatic results. This depends on the degree of your loose skin.
Dr. Gabbay understands that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” patient. So, he works with each patient to customize a treatment plan designed to meet his/her specific needs.
The goal in every arm lift is to achieve a slimmer and more aesthetically pleasing upper arm. To achieve that goal, we work closely with each patient to ensure it meets their unique needs.
Brachioplasty After Weight Loss
Arm lifts are especially popular with patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. You have put in countless hours of effort, yet your body has not reached your ideal form. Frustratingly, diet and exercise can only do so much. But brachioplasty can take you the rest of the way.
After weight loss, you may have a large amount of excess, drooping skin in the upper arm region. In most cases, the skin has been stretched to the point that it has lost its elastic ability. It cannot retract to the new shape of the body. An arm lift can help you take that final step to reach the body you deserve. After the procedure, you can dress in clothing you might have been too self-conscious to wear before.
Types of Arm Lift Procedures
- Type I: Excess skin with minimal fatty deposits
- Type II: Both excess skin and fatty deposits
- Type III: Excess skin in the upper third of the arm, typically caused by aging
- Type IV: Excess skin in the lower third of the arm, typically caused by aging or massive weight loss
Dr. Gabbay tailors each arm contouring surgery to meet your specific needs.
Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?
If you are unhappy with the look of your upper arms, this procedure could be for you. The ideal candidate for an arm lift will have excess fat or loose skin in the upper arm region.
This may be right for you if you want to:
- Improve the shape and contours of the arms.
- Remove excess/hanging skin resulting from weight loss or aging.
- Give the arms a more toned and proportionate appearance.
The first step is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Gabbay. During your meeting, he will discuss your expectations to determine if an arm lift is right for you. Come to your consultation prepared to discuss:
- Your medical history (including any past surgeries)
- Present medical conditions
If Dr. Gabbay feels you are a suitable candidate for arm lift surgery, he will work to develop your treatment plan. When choosing Dr. Gabbay, you are in the hands of a surgeon who has undergone extensive training and performed countless successful surgeries.
Arm Lift Procedure Details
Dr. Gabbay performs arm lifts using two techniques:
Full Upper Arm Lift
The full upper arm lift is a technique used to remove excess skin that hangs from the upper arm. Full upper arm lifts are good for patients with large amounts of excess skin and fat from rapid weight loss.
Mini Arm Lift
Mini Arm Lift is similar to that of the full arm lift but on a reduced scale. The mini arm lift procedure is for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight due to diet and exercise. It is also for those with excess skin as a result of the natural aging process. It provides more subtle results.
Complementary Procedures and Alternatives
Patients with excess fat in the arm region may benefit from having liposuction surgery with their arm lift. Patients seeking to improve the appearance of their arms with non-surgical body contouring may elect to have laser skin tightening treatments.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 1-3 hours. Patients will receive general anesthesia or IV sedation to ensure a comfortable experience.
The incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin. So each procedure is fully matched to your plan and needs. Once your procedure is complete, you can return home the same day.
Arm Lift Before & After Photo
Recovery & Results
After your operation, you will stay for approximately one hour in our recovery room. You will then be released to a friend or family member who can drive you home.
Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling are normal, but you can manage these with medication. You will receive prescriptions for any pain you experience. Additionally, antibiotics will decrease the chance of infection.
Immediately after surgery, you should not move your arms above your shoulders. Any swelling or bruising peaks 2-3 days after your brachioplasty and subsides within two weeks.
You usually can walk the day following surgery, although your arms will be sore for several days. Most patients return to work after approximately one week. But, you should continue to avoid any strenuous exercise for one month. Avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
You will also wear a compression garment to improve your results. One week after surgery, you will return to see Dr. Gabbay for a checkup. He will remove your bandages and further track your recovery progress.
As you heal in the following weeks, you will see your results continue to improve.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Gabbay, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, is dedicated to providing patients with remarkable results. Call us today at (310) 388-9383 to schedule your consultation about a arm lift procedure. Take the next step in achieving the body you deserve!