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
"I have been wanting a tummy tuck for years. I have had 2 c sections, one scar is vertical and one scar is horizontal. I am petite (5'1" & 106 lbs) and in fairly good shape so anytime I wore a bikini I was very self conscious, so I finally decided to do something about it. I had another procedure with another well known plastic surgeon in Dallas that was recommended several years ago and was pleased with him, but this time decided to try Dr. White because one of my best friends recommended him. It was the best decision I have ever made. After the 2 hour consult, I immediately booked my surgery. I felt so confident about the surgery & I didn't feel that way last time. He is a perfectionist, and I feel like with my scarring, my size, and the amount of skin he had to work with, no other doctor would have been able to accomplish it. His aftercare is night & day compared to the previous surgeon I used. There is no comparison. I'm thrilled with results! Highly recommend Dr. White!!"- R. / Healthgrades / Mar 07, 2020
"Dr. Steven White is AWESOME!! I had been wanting a breast augmentation for years, and I’ve always been hesitant because of course I didn’t want to get botched or infected. I knew picking the right doctor meant everything, and thank God I picked Dr. White. I told him what I envisioned in the first consultation, and he gave me exactly what I wanted. I haven’t had any problems, I’m about a month and a half post op and don’t even feel like I had surgery. My breast look AMAZING. I’m super happy!"- L.B. / Google / Mar 05, 2020
"Dr. White is hands down the best plastic surgeon! I was so nervous when I arrived to my consultation because surgery is surgery whether it’s cosmetic or otherwise. But I was so impressed with Dr. White’s expertise, attention to detail and honesty that I ended up scheduling my breast augmentation surgery that day! Now that I am almost 4 months out I am so happy with my results! My implants have settled perfectly (I was informed that it is a process). But Dr. White and his sweet staff of ladies walked me through the entire evolution of my breasts. Thank you guys so much! I love my new look!"- 1.1. / Google / Feb 25, 2020
"Dr. White is amazing! Very personable and made you feel very excited instead of nervous for surgery. I had breast augmentation and the recovery was cake, first couple of days were rough but as long as you follow all of his guidelines you’ll be at 100% in no time. Love the results and I will go back to Dr.White for any future plastic surgery. I’m Colombian so many family members have gotten surgery overseas and they were shocked to see I had literally no bruising. I’ve had other friends get it done by surgeons here in the states and they were told to never do chest exercises again...but Dr. White gives you no limitations once you’re full healed. I love to work out and this hasn’t gotten in the way at all! It’s just way more exciting to wear sports bras to the gym :)My mom came with me to the surgery and she was nervous at first but even Dr. White was able to reassure her she had nothing to be concerned about and she loved knowing I was in great hands. Love my results! Don’t be scared, you’ll have ZERO regrets! Swimsuit and dress shopping has never been more fun! I’m leaving this review because I was so scared and hesitant, but one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself."- L.C. / Google / Feb 25, 2020
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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