Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Houston
An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, has become one of the most popular surgical procedures performed on both men and women who experience a significant amount of excess, hanging skin on their upper arm, often referred to as “bat wings”. This area of concern is commonly seen after weight fluctuations, major weight loss, and/or natural aging and must be surgically removed to achieve full correction.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Patrick Hsu, Dr. Kendall Roehl, Dr. Shayan Izaddoost, and Dr. Vasileios Vasilakis* each have extensive experience in performing arm lift procedures for patients in and around the greater Houston and Clear Lake, Texas area. It is one of many body contouring procedures performed at Memorial Plastic Surgery to help patients look and feel their best!
Brachioplasty Before and After Photos
Types of Arm Lift Surgery
Brachioplasty surgery is performed by tightening and removing the excess skin and fat on the upper arms. There are many types of arm lifts, each designed to address different degrees of correction needed for each patient. Liposuction is often combined with each of these techniques to achieve the best contour.
Traditional Arm Lift (Full Brachioplasty)
This is the most common form of Brachioplasty, utilizing a linear scar from the armpit to the elbow, to remove excess skin and fat along the entire upper arm.
Hidden Arm Lift (Mini Brachioplasty)
This technique is recommended for patients who only have moderate sagging of the skin at the very top of the upper arm. The incision is usually placed along the crease of the underarm, resulting in a small and well-hidden scar and a shorter recovery time.
This technique is for patients with excessive hanging skin and tissue. It combines a linear scar from the outer chest and upper arm, extending to the elbow along the bottom of the arm. Due to the extent of this technique, it is often part of an upper-body lift procedure to reshape the upper arms as well as lift the outer back and chest rolls.
How is Brachioplasty Performed?
An arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 2 – 3 hours to complete. The number of incisions will vary, depending on the volume of excess skin and fat and the technique used by your surgeon. Liposuction is typically first performed to visualize the true extent of loose skin after removing the excess fat. A carefully planned incision is placed by your surgeon in a well-hidden area to remove the excess skin. Sutures are then placed internally and will be absorbed by your body gradually.
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Cost and Financing
The average cost of an arm lift in Houston ranges between $6,500 to $10,500 and will vary depending on a number of factors such as the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and facility fee, and the extent of your procedure. During your consultation, you will be formally evaluated by one of our plastic surgeons and receive an accurate quote.
Memorial Plastic Surgery accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, and the Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin and Etherium) as modes of payment. We also provide financing options that can help you with the cost of surgery.
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Recovery and Results
Brachioplasty is an outpatient procedure but may require an overnight stay if a large amount of fat and skin was removed. Your arms will be bandaged and compressed by a surgical garment to help promote healing.
It is important for patients to follow all post-operative care instructions and be seen at scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure they are recovering properly. Please see the table below for an expected recovery timeline.
|POST-OP OBSTACLES||ESTIMATED TIME|
|Physical discomfort (bruising & swelling)||3 – 4 weeks|
|Bandaged incisions||2 weeks|
|Compression garment use||4 – 6 weeks|
|DAILY ACTIVITIES||ESTIMATED TIME|
|Light activities (chores, mild exercises, etc.)||2 – 3 weeks|
|Work||1 – 2 weeks|
|Strenuous activities (heavy lifting and intense exercise)||4 – 6 weeks|
Your final result will take approximately 3 months to settle. Due to the location of the incisions, the scar can be easily hidden between the arm and chest and will continue to fade over the next year.
Arm Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Can it be combined with other procedures?
Yes, an arm lift surgery is commonly combined with liposuction and other breast and body contouring procedures.
Can I achieve similar results from liposuction alone?
If you have an excessive amount of skin and fat on your upper arms, liposuction alone will likely cause this to worsen.
Can fat from arm liposuction be used for fat grafting?
Yes, harvested fat from your arms can be used for fat grafting. The grafted area is limited, however, to how much fat was able to be removed during liposuction.
Is it possible to have a revision or secondary arm lift?
Revision arm lift procedures are performed to correct issues, such as complications or undesirable initial results. However, in some cases, it may be deemed irreversible to correct.
*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.