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.
What Are The Benefits Of An Arm Lift?
- Gives you real results when diet and exercise have failed
- Tightens sagging skin
- Removes excess skin and fat
- Smooths wrinkled, "crepey" skin
- Shapes and tones the arms
- Achieves an overall more youthful look
- Provides more mobility
- Improves comfort by reducing irritation and rubbing
- Lets you be more active
- Allows you to wear more clothing choices
- Results are long-lasting
- Increases self-confidence, boosts self-image
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.
"Feel Beautiful is an amazing clinic consisting of kind-hearted people from the moment you enter & through & after the end of all your procedures. I had a great experience with Dr. Laverson who did my breast augmentation & I could not be happier with my results. He took the time to make sure I was sure about exactly what I wanted & provided me with great knowledge. Cherise at the front desk is so sweet & Kourtney is wonderful, too. Thank you for my wholesome experience! (:"- D.S. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"Dr. Laverson exceeded my expectations. He truly cares about you and your results. He is a dedicated, thoughtful, and compassionate Dr. Upon entering the medical office, the staff was kind and welcoming. Dr. Laverson took the time to answer all of my questions. He properly informed me about my procedure including pre-op, surgery and post-op. After my surgery, Dr. Laverson also followed up to ensure I was on a good road to recovery. Dr. Laverson and Courtney's professionalism, dedication and hard work made this whole process wonderful experience! They were also very easy to get a hold of and have questions answered right away.Dr. Laverson is incredible and I would highly recommend Feel Beautiful San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to anyone looking for an exceptional Dr. and staff."- I.I. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"Dr laverson is an amazing doctor. He’s professional, respectful & caring of his patients. He’s professional but not where you are scared to ask questions. He will give you his doctor opinion and consider what you are asking for. What I appreciate about dr laverson is he’s not money hungry. He’s not gonna say yes you because he wants your money. He has realistic expectations and tells you what they are. And the after care is exceptional from him and his staff. 5 stars for Feel Beautiful & Dr Laverson !"- M.B. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"6 weeks post op - happy with my results so far - From my initial consult with Dr Laverson I knew I was going to choose him as my surgeon. I had consulted with multiple plastic surgeons before my consult at Feel Beautiful and Dr Laverson put me the most at ease and I was most comfortable with the treatment plan he suggested. I thought I had an idea of what he would suggest because of my other consults (under the muscle implants and an anchor or lollipop lift and a tummy tuck, or extended tummy tuck as one dr suggested, muscle repair and lipo) but Dr Laverson was the first dr to recommend less invasive procedures. He recommended over the muscle implants and a donut lift, a tummy tuck and muscle repair but did not recommend lipo. This sealed the deal for me because it was obvious he didnt just care about selling more procedures but cared more about his patients and their recovery and results. After I scheduled my surgery everyone at Feel Beautiful was amazing and helpful whenever I called with any questions. At my pre op Dr Laverson went over all the aspects of my surgery( donut lift and 415cc mod+ implants over the muscle and a tummy tuck and muscle repair) and I was able to ask any questions I had. At my pre op I picked implants but a few days later I called because I had changed my mind about size and this was not a big deal at all. The morning of my surgery everything went smoothly and all the other nurses and staff who I met for the first time that morning were all great. My recovery has been smooth so far and any issues I have had Dr Laverson has responded to quickly and had me come in if he felt it was necessary just to be safe. I have spoken to several other of his patients who have all said that he is quick to address any issues that come up and although I was already happy with my choice this gave me extra reassurance about my choice.I am currently 6 weeks post op and while I am happy with my results so far I will wait to post photos until I am further along in my recovery and not so swollen anymore. I would 100% suggest Dr Laveron without any reservations to anyone considering cosmetic surgery."- T. / RealSelf / Feb 23, 2022
"Over a year since surgery - tummy is gorgeous - After consultations with several other doctors I met Dr. Laverson and I knew immediately that I would trust him with my tummy tuck. He listened, did not try to upsell to more extensive procedures (as both previous surgeons had done), was very thorough and meticulous, set realistic expectations, supported me during every step of the process, had a really fantastic staff (Kourtney is amazing) and he's absolutely masterful at his art. It's been over a year since my surgery and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. My tummy is gorgeous!"- R. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2022
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.