Arm Lift

Regular exercise is an excellent way to sculpt and tone the muscles of upper arms. If lax, sagging skin ("bat wings") is your concern, cosmetic surgery may be the most effective solution. Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace and Dr. Chet Mays offer brachioplasty, often called an arm lift, in Lexington and Louisville, KY to give patients firmer upper arms and improved confidence in sleeveless shirts and swimsuits.

To find out more about arm lift surgery and other body contouring options, request a consultation at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center or call (502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.

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Arm Lift Candidates

Significant weight loss and the natural aging process can leave women and men with excess upper arm skin that has lost its elasticity and hangs. Arm lift surgery removes the excess skin leaving smooth, slim upper arm contours. The best candidates for this procedure are nonsmokers who are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for about 6 months.

Nonsurgical Options

People who have minor sagging or fat deposits and want to avoid anesthesia, scars, and downtime may be candidates for the following nonsurgical medical spa treatments:

  • CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling to reduce fat on the upper arms.
  • ThermiTight® uses radiofrequency energy to increase collagen production, which firms and tightens the skin.
  • truSculpt® reduces fat and firms the skin using radiofrequency energy.

Results from these treatments are not as precise as surgery. The arms tighten or slim gradually and may require multiple treatments.

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About Arm Lift Surgery

Our surgeons typically perform arm lift surgery as an outpatient procedure in our private surgical suite. If it's performed with other procedures as part of a post-weight loss surgical plan, arm lift surgery may be performed in a nearby hospital with an overnight stay. Our surgeons have found that placing the incision along the underside of the upper arm provides results that are superior to inner arm placement because:

  • The skin along the underside of the arm is thicker than the delicate inner arm skin, which reduces tension on the incision while it is healing. The resulting scar is usually thin and not raised.
  • The scars are on part of the arms that is out of view of the patient and others.

After placing the incision, the surgeon removes excess skin. Fat deposits may be removed with liposuction. The surgeon closes the incision with fine sutures.


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What to Expect During Recovery

After surgery, compression garments will be placed on the arms to minimize swelling and enhance arm contours during the healing process. Compression garments will need to be worn at all times, except when showering or bathing, for about 4 to 6 weeks. When your surgeon determines the incisions are sufficiently healed, he may recommend applying embrace® scar therapy bandages to minimize the appearance of the scars.

Return to Work

Most patients are ready to return to work in 1 to 2 weeks depending on individual healing rates and the nature of their jobs.

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