An arm lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten excess skin in the upper arm area to create a more toned appearance. This type of surgery, which is also known as brachioplasty, may be suitable for a patient who is troubled by soft, sagging tissue, or “batwing arms.” Inelastic skin and pockets of stubborn fat can develop as part of the natural aging process – and sometimes even as a result of an otherwise successful weight loss program. If you are interested in addressing this aesthetic issue, you can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery. A Board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed many successful arm lift procedures for patients in Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald is continually recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

When you meet with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL, he will explain exactly what brachioplasty can and cannot be expected to accomplish. For instance, an arm lift may be a suitable approach if you have sagging, drooping skin with minimal excess fat in your upper arm area. On the other hand, if you have good skin elasticity and a moderate amount of arm fat, arm liposuction may be more appropriate for you. Alternatively, if you’d like to address the appearance of flabby arms caused by both lax skin and pockets of excess fatty tissue, you may benefit the most from a combination of an arm lift and liposuction.

If Dr. Greenwald concludes that you are a good candidate for an arm lift and you decide to proceed, he will determine the best surgical approach for you. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Greenwald might recommend a:

  • Standard brachioplasty – If crepey skin hangs like a bat wing when you raise your arm, a standard arm lift may be required. After creating an incision spanning from your elbow to your armpit, Dr. Greenwald will remove the excess skin, use internal sutures to reshape the underlying supportive tissue, and then close the incision to join the trimmed skin together.
  • Limited-incision arm lift – If you have loose, droopy skin confined to your upper, inner arm area, Dr. Greenwald may be able to create an incision in your armpit, then pull up and tuck in the excess skin.
  • Extended brachioplasty – If lax skin extends from your underarm area down the side of your chest wall (a condition that commonly occurs after a dramatic weight loss), Dr. Greenwald may recommend a standard arm lift with an extended incision to address the excess skin on the side of your chest.

Of course, these descriptions are very brief and generalized. Dr. Greenwald takes a highly personalized approach to surgery, and he will tailor your procedure to meet your specific needs. At a face-to-face meeting, he can provide a detailed explanation that takes into account your unique goals and characteristics.

If you’d like to discuss arm lift surgery with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment at his office in Tampa, Florida.