Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The arm lift (brachioplasty) in Los Angeles removes loose skin and fat from the upper arm. It ranks high on the wish list for many plastic surgery patients who have lost large amounts of weight. It's also popular with people who have heavy upper arms due to simple genetic factors. Loose skin hanging from the arms tends to make patients self-conscious and limits clothing options. It can even cause people to avoid certain activities, like swimming.
Having worked with hundreds of weight loss patients in my practice, I've done many arm lifts. I use a variety of techniques, choosing the best approach for each patient's particular needs.
Body contouring is one of my specialties. I've published many articles in medical journals and written textbook chapters on body lift surgery. I also teach my plastic surgeon colleagues at annual professional conferences, focusing on the latest techniques and patient safety.
Each patient is unique in terms of skin laxity and other factors. Patients may benefit from one or a combination of these techniques.
An incision from the fold of the elbow to the axilla, or armpit, yields dramatic improvement. This approach is frequently combined with liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat pockets and loose skin. Most brachioplasty candidates choose this method.
Patients with some skin elasticity remaining may opt for liposuction only. An advantage to this approach is that scarring is minimal. The right candidate can expect significant improvement, but not as dramatic as when skin is removed as well.
A mini-arm lift is an option for patients with excess skin in the uppermost portion of the arm, and for those concerned about scarring. In this case, I make an incision in the armpit, sometimes extending a few inches down the arm.
Upper arm skin is thin and sags over time. Some people lose so much elasticity that skin hangs down from their armpits as well, causing embarrassment and difficulty with clothing. These patients are candidates for a combination arm lift/axillary lift with incisions on the upper arm and in the armpit.
A smaller group of patients have loose skin above and below the elbow. These men and women benefit from an arm lift and an elbow lift. I take great care with the incision across the elbow to remove excess skin while preserving range of motion.
Candidates for brachioplasty are often weight loss patients who shed dozens—even hundreds—of pounds, resulting in excess skin and stray fat deposits. Post-bariatric patients should be near their desired weight and well nourished. Men or women with loose upper arms courtesy of heredity and aging may also be interested in brachioplasty. For proper healing, it's best not to smoke.
Most of my Los Angeles arm lift patients take a week off work after surgery. I'll encourage you to walk as soon as possible, gradually adding light activities over a few days and resuming full workouts and lifting within six weeks.
Complications of arm lists have been rare in my experience. These uncommon risks include infection, slow wound healing, bleeding, seroma and venous blood clots. Even if a complication were to occur, diligent post-operative care would still likely lead to a nice result.