Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)


An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can remove the excess skin and fat deposits, leaving the upper arms with a more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Your plastic surgeon will consult with you about undergoing surgery for an arm lift if you wish to tighten this skin to look and feel more youthful.

Reasons for Arm Lift Surgery

The men and women who undergo this body-contouring surgery do so to address the loose upper-arm skin resulting from natural aging or from major weight loss. The arm lift is often chosen by people who have undergone extreme weight-loss surgery or have recently lost a large amount of weight.

Dramatic weight loss causes extra folds of tissue to appear under the upper arms. These are often called “bingo wings” or “bat wings.” In addition to being aesthetically unappealing, these folds can cause a number of problems:

  • Rashes and inflammations that can lead to infections
  • General discomfort
  • Poor body confidence and self-esteem
  • Problems regarding hygiene in the area

Ideal Candidates for Brachioplasty

You are likely a good candidate for an arm lift if you:

  • Want to tighten loose arm skin resulting from major weight loss
  • Are concerned about the appearance of upper-arm skin laxity
  • Possess a positive attitude towards the surgery
  • Are committed to a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Have flabby upper arms even though the rest of your body is in shape
  • Are a physically healthy and mentally stable adult
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the results of the surgery

This surgery should only be undergone if you have reached a stable body weight. This is because if you lose more weight after the surgery, you may develop new sagging skin areas. Gaining weight after the surgery is also risky, as it can harm your already-weakened skin, causing wide scars and stretch marks.

If you are a smoker, you must quit at least a few weeks before the surgery. Any over-the-counter medicines like aspirin should only be taken after advice from Dr. Dean.

Getting Ready for Brachioplasty

Before a date can be set for your arm lift, you must consult with Dr. Dean. He will evaluate your health and go over your complete medical history. Tests performed before the surgery may include an electrocardiogram, basic blood tests to check kidney function and anemia, and pulmonary function tests for the lungs.

Dr. Dean will ask you about your aesthetic goals for the surgery and will discuss the arm lift in greater detail, including preparation, cost, and recovery. You will be able to ask any questions you may have.

The Arm Lift Procedure

At the start of the arm lift, anesthesia will be administered to make sure there is no pain or discomfort during surgery. Incisions will then be created. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest.

In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. Once the arm lift is complete, incisions are closed with stitches.

Arm Lift Recovery

A recovery period will be required after your arm lift. You will need to take time off from work, and you must avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities.

After swelling and bruising have ameliorated, you will be able to see your full arm lift results. They are long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable body weight.

Find Out More During a Consultation

Contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. John Dean regarding the arm lift in Baton Rouge. We can give your arms a contoured and sculpted appearance, helping you achieve a more in-shape look.

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Dr. John A. Dean

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