Upper Arm Lift - Northern Virginia
Nobody likes the embarrassment of “wagging” skin on his or her upper arms. Loss of weight and aging are the primary causes for this unsightly excess of skin.
There is hope. Dr. Desman is a skilled Alexandria, Virginia plastic surgeon with experience in upper arm lift surgery. Liposuction is used to remove the unnecessary fatty tissue, then the excess skin is removed leaving a scar on the inside of the arm. Dr. Desman’s skills are such that over time, the scar will hardly be noticeable.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.
We are confident you will not be disappointed!
Upper Arm Lift FAQ
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat hanging from the upper arms, a condition commonly caused by aging and weight changes.
The brachioplasty procedure consists of creating an incision that extends from the armpit to the elbow. Depending on the amount of fat, some liposuction may be utilized before the excess skin is removed. The skin is then pulled taut, the incision closed and the upper arm areas dressed.
Although liposuction is often used in arm lifts to remove fatty tissue, liposuction of the upper arm area alone is typically best suited for patients with good skin tone and a limited amount of excess fat. Arm lifts are usually a better solution for patients with a large amount of excess skin under the arms, a condition commonly referred to as “bat wings.”
You will be under anesthesia during the procedure, but some residual discomfort as your body heals is normal and can be controlled with pain medication.
A consultation with accomplished Springfield plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Desman will determine if an arm lift is the best option to achieve your aesthetic goals. Generally, ideal candidates for brachioplasty are within 10 to 20 pounds of their intended long-term weight and in overall good health. If you’re planning to lose weight, it’s advisable to do so prior to your arm lift; the more weight you lose prior to surgery, the more excess skin that can be removed during your procedure.
Most patients are able to return to work and resume day-to-day activities within a week after the brachioplasty procedure. You may need to wear compression sleeves for a couple weeks following surgery to help reduce swelling. Although most people can engage in moderate cardiovascular exercise within two weeks, strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least four weeks after your arm lift. Dr. Desman will thoroughly review your recovery guidelines with you prior to surgery and clear you for increased physical activity as you heal.
Due to the nature of the incision used to effectively remove excess skin and fat, you will have scars following your arm lift procedure. In many cases, the scars—which extend from your armpit to near your elbow—are difficult to detect, and most patients find residual scarring an acceptable tradeoff to the loss of underarm flab. Individuals also heal and manifest scarring differently, and some patients’ scars will be less obvious than others.