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Create more natural and youthful looking arms with Arm Lift Surgery.

Arm Lift in Corpus Christi, TX

The upper arms are notoriously difficult to tone, especially as you age and experience collagen loss. Many mothers struggle with flabby or untoned upper arms once their children grow—most mothers do not realize how much muscle they gain by carrying their children, and this muscle can turn to fat when it is not maintained afterward. Brachioplasty (or arm lift surgery) creates a more natural and youthful look by removing fat and excess skin from the underarms.

Table of Contents

Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
How Is Brachioplasty Performed?
What Will My Recovery Look Like After My Arm Lift?
When Will I See My Arm Lift Results?
Want to Learn More About Arm Lift Surgery?

Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

Arm lift candidates are in reasonably good health and displeased with the appearance of their upper arms. Ideal candidates should be at a stable weight and have realistic expectations about their results.

Arm lift surgery is ideal for patients with excess sagging skin (creating the appearance of “bat wings”) on their upper arms or fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. This is more commonly seen in women but can also occur in men who have lost significant weight.

Woman celebrating with arms raised

How Is Brachioplasty Performed?

Brachioplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia.

An incision is made beneath the arm that can extend from the elbow to the armpit. The length of the incision will depend on how much skin removal the patient needs. Excess fat is removed either with liposuction or via direct excision, depending on the type of deposit.

The underlying tissues are tightened and raised, and then excess skin is trimmed. The remaining skin is tightened and sutured back together to form a tighter and firmer appearance.

What Will My Recovery Look Like After My Arm Lift?

Following your surgery, your upper arms will be bandaged, and a compression garment will be applied. This will help speed the healing process and reduce swelling.

A surgical drain will be left in at the end of your operation. The drain should be emptied every 8 hours. Patients should carefully measure the output in milliliters and record it. This is because the drains are removed once the drained fluid reaches a specific volume. Drains are usually removed within 2 weeks of surgery.

Patients can take showers 2 days after surgery. Although the incision locations can get wet, there must be no immersion of the incision sites. That means no swimming or wading in pools, bath-tubs or other such activities. We give patients a compression garment that should be worn at all times for 6 weeks after surgery, unless in the shower.

Most patients can resume light activities within 2 weeks of surgery. Patients should not perform any strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks after their surgery. Vigorous activities may be resumed after your surgeon clears you.

Why Choose Dr. Vijay

Dr. Vijay is very unique in the sense of his great customer care, service and experience. He approaches each client as an individual and takes the time to thoroughly understand their needs and desired results.

When Will I See My Arm Lift Results?

The new contours of the arm will be visible almost immediately, though final results may be obscured by swelling for a few weeks. Final results may take a few months to become fully visible. This length of time may vary if patients combine their arm lift with other body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, thigh lift surgery or liposuction treatments.

Patients will have scarring on the inside of their upper arms after arm lift surgery. Most patients are satisfied with their results and believe trading “skin for scars” is worthwhile. Dr. Vijay will do his best to ensure the scars are hidden, but some scarring is likely.

Want to Learn More About Arm Lift Surgery?

If you want to learn more about arm lift surgery or other cosmetic surgical procedures we offer, please contact our office by calling us at 361-888-7417 or contacting us on our website.