Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Fluctuations in weight, growing older and hereditary can cause your upper arms to have a drooping sagging appearance. This is condition that cannot be corrected through exercise. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and all due to excess skin and fat an arm lift may be right for you.

An arm lift can:

  • Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward
  • Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Procedure steps: Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.

Depending on your specific conditions, incisions maybe more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your arm lift. Click here for specific risks/complications of brachioplasty surgery to discuss with Dr. Powers.

Recovery: Following your surgery, dressing or bandages maybe be applied to your incisions, and arms maybe wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. Many patients are concerned about the lengthy scars necessary for this procedure. Dr. Powers uses embrace™ scar therapy tape post operatively with successful outcomes resulting in thin, faded scars. The smoother, tighter contours that result from an arm lift are apparent almost immediately following your procedure although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

Ready to schedule your brachioplasty surgery? Contact Dr. Powers! Long Beach patients can reach her at (562) 427 – 8866, and Westlake Village patients can reach her at (805) 379 – 3104.