Are you tired of loose skin, sagging along the bottom of your arm? Sometimes referred to as “bye-bye” arms because of the jiggle when you move, this development can prove embarrassing for some people and make fitting into shirts difficult or uncomfortable.
Pearwood Plastic Surgery offers patients an effective, transformative way to remove that fat and tone their arms; an arm lift!
- 1 About Arm Lifts
- 2 Candidates
- 3 Consultation with Dr. Murphy – Brachioplasty Expert
- 4 How to Prepare
- 5 The Arm Lift Procedure
- 6 Recovery
- 7 Brachioplasty Results
- 8 Complementary Procedures
- 9 The Cost of an Arm Lift
About Arm Lifts
This procedure may take one to three hours and will improve the appearance of your arms.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the underarm. Excess fat and skin between the armpit and elbow are removed and the remaining tissue is sculpted to provide a lifted, toned, and smooth result.
As we get older our skin loses its elasticity, changing its shape. Gravity will pull on this loose skin, causing it to sag and become areas for fat to collect. Exercise can strengthen and improve the tone of our arms but it cannot improve sagging skin.
A surgical procedure will give you your best results while thoroughly removing all the unnecessary fat and skin. An arm lift will improve your body proportions while boosting your body image.
Dr. Murphy performs this procedure with precision and care. His extensive knowledge of human anatomy will help guide him to produce natural, toned results. Dr. Murphy has extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He strives to help his patients and creates a safe, comfortable experience for them.
An arm lift is perfect for people who experience unflattering, loose underarm skin. This procedure will reduce fat deposits, tissue and skin to promote slim, attractive arms.
Men and women in their thirties to sixties commonly receive this procedure.
We encourage anyone who is interested in an arm lift to schedule a consultation to learn if the treatment is right for them.
Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and have lost a significant amount of weight may particularly benefit from an arm lift.
Consultation with Dr. Murphy – Brachioplasty Expert
In your personal consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns and aesthetic goals with Dr. Murphy. He will listen attentively and share his professional opinion on whether an arm lift will achieve your aesthetic goal. Dr. Murphy may suggest treatments to combine with your arm lift or an alternative solution that will give you your ideal appearance.
At Pearwood Plastic Surgery, we take the health and safety of our patients very seriously. Dr. Murphy will ask about your general health, current medication regimen, past surgeries, and any allergies. He will also perform an examination of your arms and test your skin elasticity. All of this information will help him understand how to perform a procedure that is safe and provides you with an excellent experience. Dr. Murphy will then walk you through the surgical procedure, potential risks, and the expected outcome.
We recognize that each patient has different anatomical features and will need their own personal treatment plan. Dr. Murphy will inform you of different incision patterns often used in arm lifts and will develop an incision method that will bear your best results.
We encourage our patients to ask questions. At Pearwood Plastic Surgery, we strive to inform our patients and help them understand the details of their arm lift process so they feel 100% confident and comfortable. Some questions to ask during your meeting include:
- How long will this procedure take?
- Where will the arm lift take place?
- How long will the recovery process be?
- Do you have before-and-after photos of previous surgeries?
- Will I be able to wear long sleeve shirts and jackets following the procedure?
- Do any before-and-after photos relate to my particular case?
- What is expected of me to provide my best results?
- Will I be able to move my arms immediately following the procedure?
Hopefully, these questions will act as a guide to stimulate new questions and surface concerns to discuss with Dr. Murphy.
Towards the end of your procedure, you and Dr. Murphy will schedule a date and time for your appointment. He will then give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and recovery period.
How to Prepare
The best way to prepare for this procedure is to follow the instructions laid out by Dr. Murphy. Below, we have provided suggestions to help prepare you and improve your experience.
Create a recovery space
Set aside a specific location in your home where you can be comfortable and rest. Surround this space with medications, pillows, books, remotes and other forms of entertainment.
You will need someone to drive you home following your surgery. During the first few days of your recovery, you will also not be able to drive, be sure to have some way to get around if you need to.
Prior to your procedure, you will want to pick up prescribed medications and any other necessities for your convenience. You may also need to pick up foods that can be easily prepared and eaten with minimal arm movement.
In the first few days of your recovery, you won’t be able to do much. Having a friend or family member around to assist you will be very helpful. This may include helping you take medications and preparing meals.
On the morning of your appointment, be sure to wear loose fitting clothes that will not apply pressure to your arms.
The Arm Lift Procedure
When you arrive for your appointment, you will be greeted by the surgical team. They will prepare your arms by cleaning and marking them. General anesthesia and sedative will be applied intravenously. Once you are resting and comfortable, Dr. Murphy will begin the surgical procedure.
An incision will be applied underneath the armpit and along the back of the arm. Incisions may differ based on the extent of work needing to be done. Excess skin and tissue are then removed through the incision. Dr. Murphy will contour the remaining skin and tissue to provide a beautiful, natural result. The incision will be closed with sutures and bandages will be placed atop them.
After your procedure, your arms will be bruised, swollen and may be uncomfortable. Prescribed medications should help manage any pain. Your arms will be wrapped in bandages and compression garments to help control the swelling. Small tubes called drains may be placed just below the skin in incisions to help remove excess fluids or blood.
You will likely have a follow-up appointment a few days later to remove the drains and make any adjustments. Compression garments may be worn for a week or so to help your arm adjust to their new contour and position.
You will need to avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for about three to four weeks. This also includes any activities that may stretch the incisions. Physical and athletic activities that involve your arms may need to be avoided for up to eight weeks. Swelling should decrease after a few weeks and patients often return to work after a week or two. Light activities such as driving are often resumed after ten days.
You will immediately notice slimmer arms! These results will improve as the swelling diminishes. Your results are long-lasting and will remain consistent with a healthy lifestyle. After the excess skin has been removed, you will enjoy toned, smooth arms.
An arm lift is commonly performed alongside similar surgeries that reduce excess tissue to create a toned, youthful appearance. Liposuction may be combined with your arm lift or used to further sculpt your body. Dr. Murphy is well experienced in the many different forms of liposuction offered at Pearwood Plastic Surgery.
This form of liposuction is very popular and has been used for over three decades. Allowing plenty of time for it to be tweaked and improved. Tumescent liposuction begins with a solution of lidocaine, saline, and epinephrine being injected into the subcutaneous fat layer of your treatment area. The tumescent fluid swells and firms the fat, allowing it to be easily removed and reduce blood loss. This solution eliminates the need for sedation and helps to shorten your recovery time.
PAL implements a specialized cannula (a thin hollow tube) that moves on its own to remove fat more precisely. One of the problems with traditional liposuction is that it requires the surgeon to remove the fat in a repetitive wrist move. This movement becomes tiring after a while as well as causes trauma to surrounding tissue. PAL removes fat efficiently and is better for the surrounding tissues than a traditional procedure.
UAL is a revolutionary form of liposuction. This technique administers tumescent fluids first. After the application of the fluid, UAL utilizes a special cannula that emits ultrasound energy. This energy fluctuates the air bubbles in the tumescent solution. These bubbles agitate fat cells and gently remove them from the tissue they are attached to. This process helps remove fat in a precise form while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissue.
This form of liposuction uses laser technology to liquefy fat cells. A small laser is inserted into the treatment area and will remove your desired fat deposit. The laser will help remove fat as well as tighten your skin. This treatment will help provide a slimmer, tighter result.
Liposuction uses miniscule incisions and can occur virtually anywhere on the body. This procedure removes unnecessary fat to provide you with an ideal, slim body. Ask Dr. Murphy about your options to combine liposuction with an arm lift.
The Cost of an Arm Lift
At Pearwood Plastic Surgery, we approach each of our patient’s cases with a personal touch. This customized approach yields different costs for each surgery. To learn how much an arm lift will cost for your unique anatomy and cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Murphy today at (832) 736-8968!