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Brachioplasty - Arm Lift Surgery – Los Angeles, CA

Arm Lift

As a top rated plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Neavin has trained under body lift pioneers Drs. Peter Rubin, and Dennis Hurwitz, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Neavin has lectured on buttock augmentation with body lift surgery, and has co-authored several book chapters on brachioplasty.

Sometimes called “bat wings”, hanging skin from the arm is never attractive. What makes this condition so frustrating, is that diet and exercise often doesn’t correct the laxity. In fact, hanging arm skin is often caused BY diet and exercise. Rapid weight loss is forgiving in some people. In others, the skin just can’t catch up with the fat loss. If the skin doesn’t retract, then saggy skin is the result.

Arm lift is a surgery that addresses laxity of skin in the arm. Brachioplasty is the medical term to describe the surgical excision of these “bat wings”. Liposuction of the arms is the preferred method to reduce arm girth, but sometimes the problem isn’t too much fat. Sometimes, the problem is too much skin. When it’s a skin issue, arm lift is the solution. The arm lift requires an incision sometimes from the armpit to stopping just before the elbow. Incisions are hidden on the inside of the arm. Arm lift can be done as an outpatient procedure. That is, patients can go home the same day. Smokers should quit smoking at least 4 weeks prior to an arm lift because smoking and nicotine can prevent wound healing.

What is recovery like after Arm Lift Surgery?

After surgery, the arm is wrapped for about a week or two. Downtime is minimal because this is a surface operation.

If you are amid a diet and exercise program, it is wise to wait until you have lost all of the weight you have set as a realistic goal. After weight loss, it is best to wait a few months to allow some skin to retract before having brachioplasty surgery. This will ensure the best overall cosmetic outcome.

If laxity is an issue in the arm, it often is an issue in other parts of the body. Because brachioplasty can be performed in about an hour, it is often a good idea to combine the arm lift with other procedures, such as mastopexy, tummy, tuck, or thigh lifts. Ultimately, combination procedures will reduce costs. However, there is such a thing as doing “too much”. Procedures like arm lift require a lot of stitching. And this takes time. It is best to keep surgery under 6 to 8 hours for elective procedures. Often, I will bring in another plastic surgeon to reduce time to make the surgery as safe as possible.

Arm Lift Before & After Gallery