What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

An arm lift (or brachioplasty) is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms. Weight fluctuations and natural aging can diminish the shape and tone of your arms. Through this arm lift surgery procedure, Dr. Jaibaji can give your arms a more toned and contoured look.

When to Choose Arm Lift Surgery

The best candidates for an arm lift are healthy and possess realistic expectations. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your upper arms, you may be a candidate for surgery. An arm lift can treat:

  • Excess fat deposits
  • Sagging or excess skin
  • Skin dimpling

Arm lifts are performed to target areas of the upper arms that are resistant to traditional diet and exercise. Aging compounded with genetics, weight fluctuations and gravity can contribute to diminished arm contour.

Before and After Arm Lift Procedures

An arm lift can give you slimmer, younger-looking arms. After surgery, you can benefit from enhanced self-confidence and body image.

Patient Case Study

Gender: Female
Age: 30
Height: 5′ 8″ / Weight: 168 lbs
Months Post-Op: 6
Body Contouring Procedure: Arm Lift San Diego

This patient, from San Diego, lost over 200 lb. following gastric bypass surgery. She underwent bilateral arm lift and breast reduction. The surgery was performed by Moneer Jaibaji, MD plastic and Aesthetic surgeon in San Diego.

An arm lift procedure is performed under either general anesthetic or intravenous sedation. Incisions length will vary depending on the extent of your arm lift. Minor arm lifts will only require small incisions that can be concealed in the armpit.

Those who have only a small amount of excess skin and fat may be eligible for this incision length. In more significant arm lifts, incisions will extend from the armpit to the elbow. When at all possible, incisions will be concealed within the natural contour of your arms.

Once the incision has been made, excess fat and tissue will be removed or repositioned. The skin is then stretched into a tighter, firmer position and excess skin is trimmed away. All incisions will be secured with sutures. In some cases, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat during surgery.

Patient Case Study

Gender: Female
Age: 68
Height: 5′ 6″ / Weight: 168 lbs
Months Post-Op: 4

Body Contouring Procedure: Arm Lift San Diego

This patient, from San Diego, lost over 60 lb. by dieting. She underwent bilateral arm lift. The surgery was performed by Moneer Jaibaji, MD plastic and Aesthetic surgeon in San Diego.

Mini Arm Lift San Diego

In selected patients, the long scar at the back of the can be avoided. Instead, the procedure can be performed with limited incision in the arm pit. This procedure is called mini arm lift. During your consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji, MD, Board certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, he will advise you if you are a candidate for mini arm lift.

After Your Arm Lift Surgery

Bandages and compression garments will be applied to minimize swelling. You will experience some bruising, swelling and discomfort for a couple of weeks. This can be managed with prescription medication from your surgeon.

Recovery times vary. In most cases, you should be able to resume normal activities in 7-10 days. At this point the stitches will also be removed. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a month or more.

You will have permanent scarring following an arm lift. Your scars will appear raised and pink or dark brown for the first several months of recovery. Over the course of 12-18 months, your scars will begin to gradually flatten and fade.

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with an arm lift. Potential risks include infection, asymmetry, changes in sensitivity, excessive scarring and irregular appearance. All of these risks, along with any steps you can take to minimize them, will be discussed at length during your consultation.

Patient Case Study

Gender: Female
Age: 36
Procedure: Liposuction, bilateral arm lift

This is a 36 year old patient who lost over 120lb. She underwent Liposuction and bilateral arm lift.

Schedule a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji

If you’re interested in taking the next step, contact our office to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.

Dr Jaibaji, Thanks again for being my doctor. Your expertise and graciousness is as appreciated as it is respected. CHEERS! Thanks. “

– BL, San Diego

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