Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

What is an Arm Lift?

: An arm lift treatment is used for ‘Bat-wing’ or ‘Bingo’ arms.  The skin of the inner arm is excised and repaired. The procedure is performed when extra skin rather than fat is the underlying problem. The surgery can be combined with circumferential liposuction of the upper arm. Also, if the upper arm skin has poor elasticity and will not contract with conventional liposculpture alone then brachioplasty is indicated.

Age: There is no set age for this procedure. Generally indicated in older patients or in younger patients after Massive Weight Loss (MWL)

Surgical technique: Surgery involves excision of skin and fat along the lower border of the arm and will usually leave a thin scar along the inside of the arm. There is no guarantee as to the final position of the scar. The scars may be visible from behind, above the elbow, when the arms are resting at the side. Even scars along the inside of the arm will be visible when you lift your arms up. The great majority of scars heal well with minimal visibility, no matter whether they are on the inside or more towards the back of the arm. The scars can be tanned and patients can wear tight fitting shirts and jackets and go sleeveless if they choose to do so.  See examples of how the scars heal over time in the Before and After Gallery.

Philosophy: Liposuction can not correct excessive looseness of the skin. It will just make the problem worse. Although the scar is long in a brachioplasty, this procedure can truly rejuvenate the upper arm.

Surgical time and recovery: Surgery takes between two and three hours. The recovery period is about ten days. It can take 6-12 months to see the final result.

Related procedures: Can be combined with multiple other procedures such as a breast lift or upper body lift, as indicated.

Patient Testimonials

“July 26,2011 Dear Doctor Kirwan, I just want to drop you a line and let you again know how much I love my new arms. I am able to now wear tank tops, short sleeve shirts, tee shirts as well as a bathing suit without feeling uncomfortable . I was so self conscious before because they were sagging and unpleasant to look at. I tried weight training and diet, but nothing helped, until you worked your magic. I feel and look more youthful and gained so much Confidence in my appearance. I just can’t thank you enough, Sincerely Joann M.”

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