About Arm Lift Surgery
One big challenge when getting older or losing weight is the appearance of excess skin. At Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., we offer upper arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty ) as a procedure for anyone who cannot manage to tone and tighten the arm with exercise and diet. Loose skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very typical, particularly for women and men who are advancing in age or have lost weight. Arm lift surgery excises drooping upper arm skin, sometimes disparagingly called "bat wings." Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, is very skilled in fat removal and skin tightening surgical techniques. If you want to hear more information about how an arm lift can alter the contour of your upper arms, please schedule an appointment at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Los Angeles, CA.
"This review may be a little early as I just got my cast off my nose today...but I am over the moon. I don't know how Dr. Keyes does it, and I'll admit I was skeptical while the cast was on as the cast and tape can distort things. I was actually a nervous wreck. But when that cast came off today, it reduced me to happy tears. He did everything I wanted and more. My nose is now straight, and it looks amazing. Even swollen I love it! I can breathe through my left nostril for the first time and it feels so good. I seriously feel like a new person. I'm so excited to see how it progresses over the next year. Dr. Keyes was the only consultation I had, and for a second it crossed my mind, did I jump the gun on this? Do I need a second opinion? Something in my gut trusted him. And I'm so glad my gut was right. His reviews and his before and after photos on his website speak for themselves. I am so thankful to Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. They're so easy to reach and they care about you just as much before the surgery as they do after. They are wonderful. Couldn't recommend them more. I am so happy. Thank you Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. From the bottom of my heart!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"So happy with rhinoplasty results - two weeks post op! - I'm only two weeks post op from my nose surgery so technically I should wait to write this review until the final result, but I can't wait. I am so happy with my results. Dr. Keyes is an expert rhinoplasty surgeon, and he did a remarkable job on me. I was classified as "a hard nose" because I already had a nice nose, but I was always self conscious because it was slightly crooked and pinched in the center which also gave me breathing issues. He knew exactly what I needed from the moment he saw my nose, and he delivered. My nose is so natural and beautiful now, I can't believe it's only going to get better. Hard to imagine! Not to mention my breathing is amazing. Feels like I have an invisible breathe right strip on. It's an incredible feeling.Kimberly, his partner is also lovely. Like all the other reviewers say, she is there every step of the way answering questions and concerns. Both of them couldn't be easier to reach. Kimberly is warm and friendly and makes you feel totally comfortable. All in all I feel lucky to have found them, and I am so thankful. Will report back with an update a couple months from now. Thank you Dr. Keyes and Kimberly!"- P. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2019
"Dr. Keyes and Kimberley, his surgical assistant, are the best in the business. These days it is tough to find a surgeon especially because you can find a lot of flashy pictures on social media that might make you interested in visiting a surgeon, but when it comes down to it it's all about skill. Dr. Keyes has been president of the rhinoplasty society and speaks around the world on surgical techniques. Kimberley is SO kind and caring, you will certainly be in great hands with these two. When it comes down to picking a surgeon, it is key to find a surgeon that has the credentials, bedside manner, and experience and that is Dr. Keyes and Kimberley! I'm only 4 months post-op and I can't wait until my final results. This is the place to go for your next procedure, 100%. Wish I could give more than 5 stars!"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 29, 2019
"Kimberely and Dr. Keyes are the best! - Prior to Dr. Keyes I had seen three different ENT’s; two scoped my nose, one wanted a CT scan and I had a couple of surgeries that were of no help.My primary care physician suggested I go see Dr. Keyes, because he was able to help one of her other patients.I was NOT thrilled on the idea to go see a "plastic surgeon".I called and talked to Kimberley, Dr. Keyes Director of Patient Services. She is absolutely AMAZING! She answered all of my many questions and I called more than once!I met with Dr. Keyes and told him about the issues with my nasal passages. He listened, asked a few questions and then examined my nose.After a little prodding, he said there were three items wrong with my nose. He described the details of the nose functions and then explained what needed to be done to mine.I was impressed. It made sense and I went through with the surgery.I wish I would have gone to him FIRST!THANK YOU Dr. Keys and Kimberley! You two are the best!"- N. / RealSelf / Oct 14, 2019
"3 months post-op and loving so far! - Dr. Keyes and Kimberley are literally the BEST of the best. I've been waiting to write my formal review (and will be doing so when I have more time to rave about them) but honestly I've been getting a ton of compliments and couldn't wait! They are the dream team! More formal review to come :)"- R. / RealSelf / Oct 13, 2019
An upper arm lift is an aesthetic surgery employing skin tightening techniques to contour and remove extra skin. If you avoid sleeveless clothes because of your "bat wings" and would prefer them to appear trim and taut again, you are an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery. Not being able to show your arm skin can cause severe self-consciousness and embarrassment. To be a candidate for arm lift surgery, you need to be in overall good health so that your skin will recover properly. It is important that you are at or near your goal weight before your procedure.
Your upper arm lift surgery will be performed in an outpatient facility, except in cases where multiple cosmetic surgeries are scheduled to be performed at one time. An upper arm lift may be added to other surgeries (often completed at a facility with inpatient monitoring), like a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or thigh lift — as long as Dr. Keyes considers it appropriate. Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and requires a few hours to finish. The sagging skin will be surgically excised starting at the elbow and move up to the armpit. Dr. Keyes will trim away loose, drooping upper-arm skin and remove stubborn fatty tissue. The incision will be placed to be as concealed as possible, although it will leave a visible scar. Liposuction can also be added to this procedure to remove fatty deposits. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be stitched in place. You will have to care for the incisions by keeping them clean, covered, and in compression garments.
What to Expect
A recovery time frame for the arm lift will take around two weeks with lots of rest. Permit your body time to heal. You use your arms for almost everything, so we encourage you to ease your way back into your usual activities. An appointment to remove sutures will be made around ten days following surgery. Compression garments must be kept on until you receive permission from Dr. Keyes. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, all strenuous activity must be eliminated, except short walks. If you have uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands or arms, or unusual scarring, please contact Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
The cost for a surgical arm lift will be based on several things. Before he can estimate your costs, Dr. Keyes will start with a consultation assess your appropriateness for an arm lift. Once this is complete, he will develop your treatment plan and break down your costs. In order to make it easier to select an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Keyes and get the results you want, Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. takes several payments.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It's normal for patients who want an arm lift to create a custom treatment plan with another surgery. This is often called an upper body lift and can combine liposuction, a breast lift, or tummy tuck. An arm lift can be included in an after weight loss surgery for lax skin from a significant weight loss. In your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes, other surgeries can be talked about so your custom treatment plan fits all your goals.
Will there be scars?
An arm lift requires incisions in order to excise loose skin, which leads to scarring from stitches. However, Dr. Keyes will make every effort to use small, thin incisions that are placed in less visible areas. Following your arm lift, creams that help with scar healing will be suggested along with our tips for minimizing scarring. Dr. Keyes also suggests you limit UV exposure for at least one year to minimize scar discoloration. In general, patients consider the overall benefits of an arm lift are worth the minimal scars created.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
When you are released to exercise, you should try lifting weights (strength training). This is an excellent way to improve the shape of your upper arms by toning the muscles. Nonsurgical treatments like noninvasive skin tightening procedures will only give you minimal improvements in skin laxity.
Although there are several noninvasive skin tightening procedures, they can only give you small improvements. To address moderate-to-severe skin laxity, a surgical arm lift is your best choice. In addition to eliminating loose skin, Dr. Keyes also uses liposuction on small pockets of fat for better results. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Keyes can talk about these in your consultation.
Show off those arms
No matter what you call your droopy skin or "bat wings" under your upper arms, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Keyes considers it as a way to improve your appearance and confidence with cosmetic surgery. This advanced surgery provides physical and emotional benefits. If you're at or near a healthy weight but still can't eliminate the skin and flab that hangs off your arms, please contact us to plan a consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Keyes at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Los Angeles, CA. Look fitter and younger with an arm lift.