What's involved with a brachioplasty or an arm lift?

A few things. Depending on how much excess skin, and how much fat there is to deal with, a brachioplasty (or upper arm lift) can vary. The basic procedure for someone with minimal skin sag and some extra fat would be liposuction alone. For more skin excess we would take a small amount of skin from the armpit only, but for a large amount of skin, a longer incision would be necessary. See a good plastic surgeon.
It Depends. Brachioplasty, which reduces excess skin and underlying fat between the underarm and the elbow, can be performed at varying degrees, depending on the specific case. The surgical plan is generally based on the length of your arm and the amount of hanging skin. http://www.cosmeticsurg.net/procedures/arm-lift/
Excess Skin Arms . Arm lifting surgery is a very patient pleasing operation for the appropriately selected patient. This operation removes excess skin/adipose tissue of the upper arms. Careful planning is important to help place the resulting scar in as favorable a position as possible. I like to place the resulting scar along the lower border of the arm; hopefully not seen from the front or back of you. Best.
Arm Lift Surgery. Brachioplasty involves removing excess, hanging skin from the upper arms. Sometimes this skin extends into the armpit and so the incision can extend into there and along the lateral chest wall in an "l" shape. Liposuction of the area to be excised can be a helpful adjunct to excision. In the end, you are trading in "bat wings" for a scar and so you have to weigh this tradeoff carefully.

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Has anyone had a brachioplasty or arm lift?

Brachioplasty. Yes, those procedures are done. You will need to check with a plastic surgeon well-versed in this procedure. Read more...
Yes. Arm lifting surgery is a commonly performed procedure. Patients, for example who have lost a significant amount of weight, present with excess skin/adipose tissue of the upper arms ( “bat wings”) which will not improve with diet, exercise, or non- surgical modalities. Liposuction surgery alone will not suffice for these patients. Poor scarring may be one of the potential downsides. Best wishes. Read more...
Yes. This is a routine procedure for patients who have a lot of loose skin on their arms, typically after losing a large amount of weight. It has the drawback of a significant scar - so it's not for everybody. Read more...
Yes! This is a relatively common procedure, particularly on those who have lost significant weight. Read more...
Yes,many people have. Arm lifts are relatively common procedures specifically for individuals who have undergone weightloss on their own or after bariatric surgery. The excess skin and fatty tissue hangs down if the arms are extended sideways and it bothers patients. For some patients the indication for corrective surgery is the difficulty in finding tops that fit. See a plastic surgeon in your area for a consultation. Read more...

How do I get approved from my hmo to do an arm lift?

Unlikely. That's unlikely to be approved except in special circumstances. Arm lifts, generally, are not medically necessary for health - only for cosmetic reasons. Read more...
Cosmetic procedure. Arm lifts or brachioplasty procedures are surgical procedures designed to lift sagging soft tissue and skin of the upper arms. These procedures are cosmetic and not medically necessary. HMO, private insurance will not cover cosmetic procedures. Limited exceptions: chronic ulceration, chronic fungal infections due to skin folds...This is most common with abdominal or breast skin folds. ? Arm. Read more...
Arm Lift. Arm lifts are considered to be a cosmetic operation, and therefore insurance carriers and hmos will not cover this procedure. Read more...
Cosmetics. An arm lift is generally considered a cosmetic surgery procedure and therefore not covered by a hmo. Read more...

How good does an arm lift look?

Depends. An arm lift, like any body contouring procedure, is designed to remove excess tissue. However the scars needed to achieve this can be long. We do our best to camouflage or hide these scars. Although an arm lift can successfully improve contour, the scars are less able to be hidden unless covered by a long sleeve shirt. However the results can be dramatic and favorable. Read more...
Arm Lift. Arm lifts (brachioplasties) can truly the improve the contour of the upper arms. Patients who have an abundance of excess upper arm skin often will notice the most significant difference after the operation. The trade off for better arm contour is permanent scars that do fade quite a bit with time. The vast majority of patients undergoing arm lifts are very happy with the cosmetic result. Read more...
Depends. Arm lifting surgery is a very patient pleasing operation for the appropriately selected patient. For patients who present with significant skin/adipose tissue of the upper arms ( “bat wings”), arm lifting surgery may be an excellent operation. The downside with the operation are the scars which may be poor and require revisionary surgery. “hiding” the scar is an important part during planning. Read more...
Arm Lift. An arm lift is a very effective way to improve the appearance of saggy arms or bat wings using a hidden incision that usually heals very well. Read more...
Arm Lift. Patients that have lost a large amount of weight generally have loose skin. The arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) can eliminate the appearance of "bat wings", reduce the excess accumulation of fat which can give the arms a flabby appearance, and restore a slimmer, firmer appearance to the arms. Read more...
Very nice change. An arm lift or brachioplasty can create a significant change in the appearance of the upper arm. There is a scar on the inner aspect of the arm that usually heals very. The procedure may be carried out under a local anesthetic ofr a general anesthetic well. Read more...
Can Be Dramatic. Arm lift results can be quite dramatic. If the underside of the upper arms have developed sagging, drooping skin, or appears loose due to excess skin, an arm lift can truly transform a troubled area. Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon so you can describe exactly what you're looking to achieve and discuss your options. Read more...

Can a person pain from having an arm lift?

Yes. Yes, any surgical procedure carries the risk of temporary postoperative pain. All surgical procedures also carry a small risk of chronic longstanding pain. An arm lift also carries the risk of infection , bleeding, blood clot, nerve damage, permanent numbness, and anesthetic reaction. You need to weigh the risks and the benefits and discuss them with your physician before deciding to proceed. Read more...
Yes. Yes, temporary discomfort after arm lifting surgery is the norm. Longer-term discomfort is unusual but can occur. If this does occur, careful physical examination would be necessary to evaluate the cause and determine treatment for the pain syndrome. Best wishes. Read more...
Surgery carries risk. Yes, an arm lift (brachialplasty) is a relatively painful surgery. Initial pain is during the first 48-72 hours requiring narcotics but this usually wanes after this period. However persistent pain is a potential risk. Read more...

How long does the upper arm lift take?

UPPER ARM LIFT. An upper arm lift procedure usually takes about an hour. This depends on the amount of skin & flesh to be removed; the more skin & flesh, the longer it could take, anywhere up to a few hours. Check with your surgeon. Read more...
1 to 2 hours. Arm lifting surgery is a very patient pleasing operation for the appropriately selected patient. In my hands, the operation takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. Careful planning of the operation is very important to place the resulting scar line in as hidden a spot as possible; best for the patient not to see the scar from the front or back views. Best wishes. Read more...
1-2 hours. An arm lift (brachialplasty) usually requires one hour of surgery, however depending on the case this can take up to 2 hours. Read more...
2-3 hours . A full arm lift takes 2-3 hours and implies a skin resection leaving a scar from the armpit to the elbow. A modified arm lift involves liposuction combined with a short scar confined to the armpit. The type of surgery recommended depends on the amount and degree of skin laxity present. Scarring overall is considerably improved due to better sutures and scar cream treatments with growth factors. Read more...
Brachioplasty. An arm lift takes a few hours. The time needed depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. I normally perform this type of surgery under general anesthesia, so from the patients perspective, the medicine goes in the IV and than we're done. . Read more...
It Depends. How long an arm lift takes depends on the complexity and the type of arm lift. The extended arm lift, or thoracic lift, is a 6-8 hour procedure. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific case and goals to determine your options. Read more...

How long is the recovery period after an arm lift?

Depents. Depends on the goals of the arm lift. Fat reduction, skin reduction or both. Different people have different needs from the surgery and may have different tolerances for what needs to be completed for effect. If your job is mostly desk work, a week or two should be plenty of time for recovery. If you do manual labor and have to repeated arm lifts you may need 3 or 4 weeks of recovery. Read more...
3 to 6 weeks. Temporary swelling of the arm will be treated with pressure wraps or garments. The scar will be red and may be raised this can be controlled with pressure as well. Read more...
Several weeks. Arm lifting is a very patient pleasing operations it serves to remove excess skin and adipose issue of the upper arms. The downside with the operation is the scar; careful planning and placement of the resulting scar line is very important. Recovery time is generally a few weeks; it is generally not a painful operation compared to most others we do. Best wishes. Read more...
About Six Weeks. Arm lift patients should take 2 weeks off from work to elevate and avoid movement of the arms. If you have an active job where you use your arms to lift or move things, you will need more time off from work. Week 3 to 4 you'll have limited range of motion in your arms, but by the end of week 6 you should be able to resume normal activities. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Read more...

How long will it take arm lift scars to totally fade?

Varies. It takes 6 months for most patients scars to fade. Wear your compression sleeves for several months at bedtime for protection against stress on your scars. Read more...
Arm scars fade. Healing is a dynamic process and the scars will fade with time... But there is no crystal ball that will predict exactly when yours will face to satisfaction. Protect them from the sun and use scar products if you know they work for you. Read more...
1-2 years. Arm lift scars typically take a prolonged time period to fade. Typically they will not change after a year but I have seen improvement up to 2 years. Read more...
Maybe never? How well your body heals scars is very variable between different people. It's possible that you will always have some scar, how bad it is depends on your ability to heal. There are procedures like PRP injections, micro needling and fat transfer that can improve the appearance of the scar. Read more...

How common is it for someone to need an upper arm lift?

Not Often. Upper arm lift (aka brachioplasty) is an operation to remove excess upper arm skin. It works very well for people who have a lot of extra skin, like after extreme weight loss. For most people with just a little skin, the scars are not well hidden and can be quite noticeable. Read more...
After weight loss. It is a common procedure after massive weight loss, also a very good one. Read more...
Arm lift not common. Arm lifts are not a common procedure, but can be helpful in people that have lost massive weight. The scar is significant and minor wound problems and revisions are not uncommon. For most patients, liposuction is a reasonable alternative if the skin is good. Read more...
Depends. Arm lifting surgery is not an infrequently requested procedure; patients who have undergone significant weight loss may be left with significant skin/adipose tissue of the upper arms, which may not be amendable to any other type of surgical or nonsurgical treatment modality. Careful planning of the operation is critical to allow for placement of the resulting scar in as “hidden” a place... Read more...

11 months post arm lift, can I expose my scars to sun now?

You shouldn't. At a very minimum use a strong sunblock. Scars are more sensitive to the harmful uv rats of the sun and will darken faster. Read more...
Yes.. ...You don't need to be as obsessive about sun-prevention for the scars anymore. But still use a regular sunscreen all over. Read more...
Try to avoid sun. Even 11 months after an arm lift i would still encourage my patients to avoid the sun as much as possible. This doesn't mean not going to the beach, but if you are to protect with sunscreen and avoidance of peak-sun hours. Read more...
It's always a good. idea to avoid sun and if you want to improve scars, add topicals like Biogel or lasers to make them less noticeable. Read more...