Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, is an acclaimed specialist in body contouring and fat removal. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, uses a variety of advanced cosmetic procedure techniques to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm, leading to a restored, youthful and fit look. Excess skin in the arms typically develops naturally in the aging process or as a result from massive weight loss. In order to lift the arm, an incision is typically made from under the elbow along the inner arm to the upper arm. Dr. White may use a combination of techniques for greater success. For example, liposuction may be used alone or in partnership with an arm lift.
The best candidates for an arm lift procedure are men or women who have loose and hanging skin from the underside of the upper arm. This skin keeps these individuals from wearing short sleeves or fitting clothing. Patients must be at or near their goal weight, and their weight loss should be stabilized. This surgery is not reserved for weight loss patients alone. Aging and gravity can also have a negative effect on the arms. Patients who are in good health and wish to have their arms toned and tightened may also consider this procedure.
"For years I had struggled with getting rid of my belly and constantly felt defeated. I am 30 years old and for the most part am very active. I worked out six days a week and tried ever diet out there .I still could not get the results I wanted. I finally decided in May of this year to make a consultation .I choose Dr. White because he performed liposuction and breast augmentation on my mother 15 years ago and did an amazing job. Therefor I went in met with Dr.White and literally 2 hours later scheduled my operation for liposuction of the stomach and arms for six months later. I walked out of his office feeling so ensured and excited for what was to come. I am not going to lie I was very skeptical for 2 reasons. One I had never had surgery and the second did not know what to expect. Nevertheless surgery day came and I could not have felt more excited. From the hospital staff to Dr. White I had never felt more comfortable and assured. Dr.White literally walks you through ever step and takes such pride in his work. The surgery went amazing there was literally no pain at all and 3 weeks out of my surgery I was in a bodysuit for Halloween. It’s been two months since my surgery and I cannot explain how happy I am with my results. My friends ask me if I would do it again and the answer is YES!!!!!!"- C.B. / Google / Dec 12, 2018
"Great Experience With Dr. White - I live in California but have family ties in Texas. I had been wanting a rhinoplasty for a few years and finally took the plunge to get one after a friend had got hers done. After doing research I found Dr. White; the great reviews drew me in and I made a consultation with him. He explained to me in detail how rhinoplasty's are very difficult to perform and have the highest revision rates out..."- J.S. / RealSelf / Jan 17, 2019
"Recently, I chose Dr. White for a breast lift procedure , and I am so happy with the results! I was always afraid it would be too complicated and painful, but now I wish I had done this sooner. The consultation appointment with Dr. White and his staff put my fears to rest. He provided me with a tremendous amount of information and his staff is so professional.Dr. White was my choice because he is board certified and had so many positive reviews and recommendations. In the recovery room, I found out he also has an impeccable reputation among his colleagues and the hospital staff.My recovery has been so pain-free and the results are better than I could have imagined. During my follow up appointments, his staff is always caring and professional. I have another procedure scheduled with Dr. White soon, and I can’t wait! I would recommend Dr. White to anyone looking for an excellent surgeon."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 13, 2019
"I had my rhinoplasty in 2007 and I found Dr. White on D Magazine. He is an true artist. I love my results and everything went smoothly. I hardly had any bruising. No one can tell I ever had anything done, it’s amazing. I highly recommend him, I recommend to everyone I know. Thank you Dr.White you’ve changed my life and thank you and your friendly staff! Y’all are awesome!"- A.C. / Google / Jan 02, 2019
"Dr White gave me the BEST BREASTS I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED!! From the initial consultation with Dr White, I knew he would deliver in ways no other doctor could. I am most impressed with my results because I had no idea what to expect before my surgery! I put all my trust in Dr White to know what the right size for my body was. You see, Dr White did not allow me to select the exact implant size or try on implants in his office. Dr White has his patients choose between a spectrum of sizes: "Smallest Possible" (for your frame), "Very Natural", "Largest Natural", and "Largest Possible". Mind you, I am 27 years old, 5'4", 130 lbs and wore a 34A bra and I knew I wanted realistic looking breasts that were proportioned with my body. So I told him my ideal size would be between "very natural" and "large natural". Dr White let me know that he would decide the correct size for the me during surgery (which made me nervous at first, but WOW- HE SURE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING!) From my previous research I thought I would end up getting no larger than 350cc implants, but recently found out that Dr White put a 375cc implant in my left breast and 450cc implant in my right breast!!!!!!! My breasts are damn near perfect, proportionate, and do not look too big at all. If you are looking for the best doctor who knows exactly what's best for you, go see Dr Steven J White!!"- K.G. / Google / Dec 30, 2018
What to Expect
The goal of a brachioplasty procedure is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. Our talented surgeon will evaluate the skin quality and looseness and determine how much fat, tissue and skin should be removed to attain the results the patient desires. The length of the incision made during surgery will vary; patients who have healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision. Massive weight loss patients that present with excessively loose and hanging skin will require a more extensive approach. During surgery, the excess skin is trimmed and removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened. An armpit lift is sometimes incorporated during this procedure for patients who have additional skin and fat deposits within the armpit.
Swelling is expected after brachioplasty surgery although this varies between patients. The swelling starts to resolve during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment or sleeve will usually be needed to control this swelling and help keep the skin and tissue firmly protected. Most patients can resume modest arm activity in 3-4 weeks, with a complete recovery occurring in about 4-6 weeks. While scarring is unfortunately a part of this procedure, the incision resides under the arm so that it is not as noticeable. Our doctor will provide a scar treatment plan so that the incision heals in a healthy and quick manner.
Get Toned Arms Today!
If you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, or if aging and gravity has caused loose skin to hang from your arms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our talented staff today. As a body contouring board-certified plastic surgeon, our doctor creates tighter, youthful looking arms with lasting results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
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