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
"Dr. Steven White is the best! And has the most wonderful staff! The staff are welcoming, friendly, and most of all professional. For a few years, I had been thinking about getting a tummy tuck but I was nervous, of course, and had been researching different surgeons. After all it is an extensive surgery. Once I found Dr. White, I just knew he was the one I wanted to go to. After my consultation with Dr. white, he is very informative and knowledgeable. I felt confident to have him as my surgeon and going through with the the procedure. It has been five months since my procedure and the results are amazing! I am so happy I had the extended tummy tuck procedure done by Dr. White. He is attentive and answers all of my questions or concerns and his staff are so caring. I had a wonderful experience with Dr. White and his staff."- N.O. / Google / May 16, 2022
"The best plastic surgeon around. Dr White explains everthing in great detail. His techniques for surgery are the best. I am so happy with the results ."- N.J. / Google / May 15, 2022
"I've had the pleasure of having Dr. White as my surgeon 2x now (tummy tuck and 1st half of facial rejuvenation) and will have the second half of facial rejuvenation (lower face and neck) in June. He is the ONLY surgeon I would trust with my body and life. His motivation is to get the best possible outcome with every surgery. He is not only a fantastic surgeon but also a caring man with a great sense of humor and is a patient's biggest cheerleader.His positivity is infectious. My tummy is still flat after almost 2 yrs.Yes he is more expensive but worth the money.He is generous with his post-op follow ups and time.The ladies that run the office: Melanie, Jamie and Ashley and not only beautiful but intelligent, well-trained and compassionate.I now live in Colorado but he is my only choice for a plastic surgeon. His consultations alone are worth it because he explains so much about each procedure and has phenomenal videos."- C.W. / Healthgrades / May 02, 2022
"I had a breast augmentation performed 3 months ago with Dr. White. This was something I always thought about doing but was always fearful of surgery. I live in San Antonio and thought about doing my surgery closer to home but I wasn’t impressed with any of the surgeons near me. I chose to research outside of San Antonio and came across Dr.White in Dallas. What made him stand out was his extensive experience, his positive reviews, and his gallery. I decided to take the trip to Dallas for a consultation. Upon meeting Dr.White and his staff I felt comfortable right away. I came with a long list of questions and they answered everything. Ultimately I decided that I wanted to do the surgery and I was willing to travel to Dallas to have it done. I truly felt like he was the best man for the job, and I was right! Surgery day I was extremely nervous but what put me at ease was how confident Dr.White was that he was going to deliver the best results possible. That is one thing I love about Dr.white is his confidence. He knows he’s the best at what he does and he assures you of that every step of the way. My recovery was smooth. Very minimal pain and I was off pain medication after the first couple of days. I felt like I could go back to normal but I knew to listen to the post op instructions and take it easy. I’m feeling more confident than ever and I am very happy with my results. I highly recommend Dr.White, you won’t be disappointed!"- V.P. / Google / Mar 23, 2022
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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