Brachioplasty to Tighten and Contour the Upper Arms – What You Need to Know

Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a type of plastic surgery designed to lift and reshape the upper arm area. Over time, weight fluctuations and an age-related loss of skin elasticity can cause the upper arms to take on a drooping, sagging appearance. Because this cosmetic issue is usually caused by loose, hanging skin, even a dedicated regimen of highly targeted exercises, such as pushups and tricep extensions, often has little to no effect on flabby arms, so they may need to be addressed with surgery. If you’re interested in brachioplasty, you can consult with Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified plastic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, to find out if an arm lift is right for you.

When you meet with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL, he’ll review your medical history and aesthetic goals, explain the brachioplasty procedure in detail, answer your questions, and show you his portfolio of arm lift before and after photographs. In general, you may be a good candidate for brachioplasty if you:

  • Are concerned about excess skin laxity in your upper arm area (“batwing arms” or “bingo wings”)
  • Are not significantly overweight
  • Maintain a healthy and stable body weight
  • Are in generally good health with no underlying medical conditions that could potentially complicate a brachioplasty procedure
  • Are a non-smoker who is committed to a healthy lifestyle
  • Are educated about the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations

If you and Dr. Greenwald conclude that brachioplasty is appropriate for you, here is a general overview of what your procedure may entail: To create the appearance of a firmer and more toned upper arm, Dr. Greenwald will begin by creating an incision along the length of your inner arm. This incision will vary in length depending on the severity of skin excess; for the most pronounced excess, the incision line will extend from the armpit (axilla) to the elbow. Using special surgical tools, Dr. Greenwald will then remove excess skin and use internal sutures to reshape the underlying supportive tissue. Finally, he’ll carefully close the brachioplasty incision to join the trimmed skin together.

Alternatively, if Dr. Greenwald determines that you have sufficient skin elasticity such that your skin can be expected to shrink around the remaining upper arm tissue following the removal of pockets of excess fat, he may recommend liposuction alone as a way to achieve your aesthetic objectives. Also, if necessary and desired, liposuction can be performed along with brachioplasty to address both excess fat and skin.

Because every patient heals at a different rate, the arm lift recovery process can vary. You should expect some swelling and bruising after brachioplasty, and the improved appearance of your arms may not be immediately apparent. Once achieved, the final result can be long lasting if you commit to maintaining a stable body weight.

To learn more about brachioplasty, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, at 888-840-3199.