About Arm Lift Surgery
Flabby, hanging arms is a common concern among women and men who have experienced reduced skin laxity due to aging or weight loss. If loose skin is an issue, diet and exercise alone will not be able to tighten and tone the arm fully. For this reason, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides personalized arm reshaping procedures at his practice, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is characterized by the removal of excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm. Dr. Laverson, who works steadily during your procedure to achieve your best results, is very skilled with fat removal and skin excision techniques. If you're interested in learning more about brachioplasty or other arm reshaping techniques, call our San Diego, CA office and schedule your one-on-one consultation. This surgery can provide results that last years.
ABOUT ARM REDUCTION WITH LIPO
In addition to brachioplasty, which involves the removal of excess skin along the upper arm, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic offers arm reduction with the use of liposuction. This is done to minimize the amount of fat in the arms, creating a smaller and trimmer look. If your arms have excess fat, but you still possess good skin elasticity, this minimally invasive procedure can improve their appearance. However, this is not a recommended alternative for patients who have already experienced skin laxity. This is because liposuction performed alone can make your arms look worse by creating even more sagging skin. If you think you could be a candidate for arm reduction surgery without skin removal, contact our San Diego, CA office.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
An upper arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that improves the contour of your arms by removing excess skin along the upper arm. If you're self-conscious about the look of your "bat wings" and want to get arms that are taut and trim, then you could be a good candidate for this procedure. To qualify, you must be in good overall health to ensure that your skin will recover properly. Some of the most common issues that patients seeking arm lift surgery experience are loose skin throughout the upper arms and reduced elasticity of the skin either due to age or excessive stretching. It's preferred for patients to be at or near their goal weight before receiving this surgery so their results are easier to maintain and last for years to come.
Your arm lift surgery will be performed in our AAAASF-accredited on-site operating room. For the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. An upper arm lift may be combined with other surgeries, such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts, as long as Dr. Laverson determines it to be safe. During your surgery, the excess skin will be excised starting at the elbow and going all the way up to the armpit, depending on your degree of loose skin. This incision will be placed in as inconspicuously as possible, although it will most likely leave a visible scar. In some cases, liposuction will be done to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits. Although a scar will be visible, Dr. Laverson's steady and meticulous approach to closing your incisions will dramatically reduce its appearance. He will close your incisions without tension. You will have to care for the incisions by keeping them clean, bandaged, and wrapped with customized compression sleeves.
What to Expect
A typical recovery period following arm lift surgery should take about two weeks with lots of rest. It's important that you allow your body time to heal and refrain from putting any tension on your arms. Because you use your arms for almost everything, most patients should ease their way back to their normal activities. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days following surgery. Customized compression sleeves will be provided and must be worn until you receive permission from Dr. Laverson to cease wearing them. Following this, he will supply you with specialized skin tape to soften your scar. We recommend patients to use this for 2 – 3 months. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise must be eliminated apart from taking short walks. If you develop uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands or arms, or unusual scarring, please contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic for guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your costs for arm reshaping surgery will depend on the technique being used. Some patients may receive an arm lift with fat removal and skin excision while others may get an arm reduction with liposuction only. Before your costs can be calculated, Dr. Laverson will evaluate the condition of your excess skin and skin laxity, learn all about your goals, and create a personalized treatment to give you the results you want. Our San Diego, CA office accepts a variety of payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
Arm lift surgery can often be paired with other surgeries, especially in the case of a mommy makeover treatment plan. Typically, patients who have lost a tremendous amount of weight may receive multiple procedures at once for overall surgical body contouring, such as a thigh lift and tummy tuck. At your initial consultation with Dr. Laverson, your goals will be thoroughly discussed, and a unique treatment plan will be crafted to achieve the look you want.
Will there be scars?
Brachioplasty is a surgery that requires incisions to excise loose skin. When incisions are created, sutures are used to stitch the skin back together. However, Dr. Laverson employs advanced techniques to ensure that any scarring is as minimal as possible. He tries to place incisions in indiscernible locations so they can be easily hidden. To help your scars heal well and fade cleanly into the skin, you will be given post-op incision care tips.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
Results yielded from both arm lift surgery and arm reduction with liposuction are long-lasting as long as you adhere to a healthy lifestyle following your procedure. In order to avoid potentially compromising your results, you should avoid dramatic weight loss or gain. Adding strength training into your normal exercise regimen will be a good way to further improve the shape of your arms and add tone. Once you are cleared by Dr. Laverson, you may begin building up these muscles to enhance your appearance following surgery.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
Although there are many great noninvasive skin tightening treatments on the cosmetic market today, they can only provide minimal improvements when compared to a more invasive procedure. To remove moderate to severe sagging skin, an arm lift is your best choice. In addition to removing loose skin, Dr. Laverson also employs liposuction to address small pockets of fat and smooth the tissue and remaining skin. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical options, Dr. Laverson can explain these during your consultation. From there, he can help you form a comprehensive treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
GET firmer, SLIMMER arms
Even though excess fat or skin on the arms is causing you trouble now, it doesn't have to stay this way. With a surge of innovative techniques being developed in the cosmetic industry every day, it's possible to achieve the slim and contoured look you desire with reduced scarring. Arm lift surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson yields lasting results that men and women can enjoy for years to come. If you'd like to learn more about this procedure and the results you could receive, contact our San Diego, CA office, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, and schedule your consultation.