About Arm Lift Surgery
A frustrating side effect with losing weight or getting older is the development of loose skin. At the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D., we offer arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as a treatment for patients who cannot seem to tighten and tone the arm with diet and exercise alone. Lax skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for men and women who have lost weight or are advancing in age. An arm lift effectively removes this unwanted skin, commonly referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Scott Kasden, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Southlake, TX is very experienced in skin tightening and fat removal methods. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can enhance the physique of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation.
Arm Lift Reviews
"After consults with several surgeons, I chose Dr. Kasden for breast lift, arm lift, & neck/chin liposuction post-weight loss. I knew he had experience with patients like me & he did not disappoint. I am beyond pleased - he spent over an hour with me for the first consult alone, was honest, & was always “there” for me during the recovery period. Even on a Sunday when I called with concerns, he met me at the office within hours to evaluate. I plan to return for tummy tuck. Highly recommend Dr. K!"- M. / Healthgrades / Mar 18, 2018
"48 YO Empty Nester Had Tummy Tuck / Medial Thigh Lift - This is my 2nd procedure with Dr. Kasden. My 1st was a arm lift and breast lift (no enhandements). This procedure is a tummy tuck and medial thigh lift.Dr. Kasden is extremely professional, personable and has the absolute best bedside manner. I researched 3 other surgeons and none had his caliber in my opinion. You are not just another client/patient, you are a patient that he will treat extremely well. I think the secret to his success is that he thoroughly loves his career and his passion shows in the results."- C. / RealSelf / Jul 30, 2017
"Best Decision - Dr. Kasden for Breast Lift, Arm Lift, & Neck Lipo - After several consults with other highly rated Drs. in an area with lots of qualified plastic surgeons, I chose Dr. Kasden for Breast Lift, Arm Lift, & Neck/Chin Lipo at age 46, post-significant weight loss, and 8 years after breastfeeding twins. I knew he had experience with patients like me and he did not disappoint. I am beyond pleased - Dr. Kasden spent almost two hours with me during..."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 17, 2018
"Awesome Dr. excellent results. - Dr. Kasden is a great surgeon and person. He takes time with you to discuss your needs and concerns before your procedure and is attentive afterwards. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to have a cosmetic procedure done. I had a brachioplasty, (arm lift) I am only 4 weeks out and am very pleased with the results . I can only anticipate my results being amazing 6 months from now."- A. / RealSelf / Sep 17, 2018
"Best Decision - Dr. Kasden for Breast Lift, Arm Lift, & Neck Lipo - After several consults with other highly rated Drs. in an area with lots of qualified plastic surgeons, I chose Dr. Kasden for Breast Lift, Arm Lift, & Neck/Chin Lipo at age 46, post-significant weight loss, and 8 years after breastfeeding twins. I knew he had experience with patients like me and he did not disappoint. I am beyond pleased - Dr. Kasden spent almost two hours with me during the first consult, alone, was honest about expectations, and even had me watch videos of some procedures he had performed to make sure I knew what I was getting into. Dr. Kasden was always "there" for me during the recovery period and even met with me on a Sunday within hours of me calling him about a concern so he could evaluate me. His coordinator, Beth, was caring, helpful, and got to know me and my story personally. The surgery itself was long (9 hours) and the recovery was, too - I didn't start to feel like I had turned the "corner" for about 6 weeks - but, with Dr. Kasden's help, the results were worth it. I'm now planning to return for tummy tuck and possibly breast implants. If you are truly ready to embark on a journey to realistically transform your body, understand that surgery isn't pretty and comes with real risks, and want a surgeon who cares about how you look and feel, well beyond your surgery date, then call Dr. Kasden!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 17, 2018
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that features innovative techniques to slim and excise excess skin. If you are self-conscious about your flabby arms and want them to look taut and trim again, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You should be in good overall health so that your body will heal well. Some of the most common issues for an arm lift patient are excess loose skin on the upper arms, and lost elasticity of the skin. It is also important that you are at a stable, healthy weight prior to surgery.
Most likely, your arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are being performed at the same time. An arm lift can be combined with other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift in an after weight loss surgery — if Dr. Kasden decides it is safe. An arm lift is usually performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The excess skin will be excised from the elbow all the way up to the underarm. The incision will be made in as inconspicuously as possible, but it will most likely leave a visible scar. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fatty deposits, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured back into place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and wrapped with compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period should last about two weeks before you can resume normal activities. You use your arms for many things so you should ease their way back into your normal routines. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are told by Dr. Kasden. For at least a month, exercise should be avoided with the exception of taking short walks. If you develop excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please contact our office for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your cost for arm lift surgery will depend on many factors. Before he can determine your costs, Dr. Kasden will perform a consultation to listen to your needs and goals. After that, he can create your surgical plan and estimate your costs. To make it easier to afford a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Kasden and get your best results, our office accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly performed as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want full body contouring. During your consultation with Dr. Kasden, each surgery will be discussed so your unique surgical plan can be developed.
Will there be scars?
Arm lift surgery requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be stitches and scarring. However, Dr. Kasden makes every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Kasden also recommends you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
An arm lift is performed to address hanging skin and fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which could compromise your surgical results. Following your surgery, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Kasden has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by building the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, most will only provide mild improvements. To remove moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, an arm lift is your best option. Along with removing excess skin, Dr. Kasden also liposuctions small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Kasden can explain all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call the "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Kasden calls it as an opportunity to change your life with plastic surgery. This exciting procedure offers emotional and physical benefits, as well as toned upper arms. If you are at your goal weight and still cannot lose the flab and skin that hang from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D.