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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

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