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
"This was the 2nd time a have seen Dr. White for a cosmetic procedure. It has been 16 yrs since my tummy tuck. (which is still flat as a pancake), but I went back to have some lipo done and there isn't anyone better!"- G. / Healthgrades / Oct 15, 2019
"I was excited but hesitant to get my breast augmentation however, Dr. White and his staff made the process incredibly comfortable and easy. My biggest fear was the anesthesia and both Dr. White and the anesthesiologist were fantastic on making me feel at ease. Also, due to my profession in law enforcement I was concerned about getting a breast augmentation and how that would affect it but, Dr. White answered all my questions and any concerns I had. I have had no issues going back to work with my new girls. Dr. White came highly recommended by a family friend who is also a doctor and I would choose Dr. White all over again. Dr. White is incredibly detailed and takes pride in his work. I am SO HAPPY with my new breasts and just wish I would have gotten this procedure done earlier!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 13, 2019
"My name is Adela , I had been contemplating getting breast reconstruction / augmentation for sometime . I am in my late forties and after having four kids lets just say my breast were not where they used to be . I spoke to a close friend of mine Marina who immediately spoke wonders about doctor White . She had gotten three procedures done and encouraged me to go get a consultation. Her very words to me were " he is the absolute best plastic surgeon ". I immediately made an appointment and soon after scheduled my procedure . I can not tell you enough how happy I am with the results . I have never felt so comfortable and have never met a doctor that is more passionate about his work . He made me feel so comfortable and explained every step .From doctor White to the wonderful staff i could not be happier with my results I feel like a different women."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 19, 2019
"Dr. White is a perfectionist and is beyond meticulous. He and his staff are highly responsive and provided excellent care both before and after my surgery. The night immediately surgery, he personally came back to the hospital to change my dressings. First thing the next morning, Dr. White came back to the hospital on his way to another procedure to personally help me out of bed and walk me around the hospital floor. Because of his methodology and care, I did not need to use any narcotics after my abdominoplasty surgery."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 06, 2019
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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