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. White and his staff are amazing. He is the best plastic surgeon in Texas. I would recommend him highly. He is so brilliant and caring. His work is perfection and he goes above and beyond!"- M.B. / Google / Aug 13, 2020
"If you're worried about breast augmentation, don't hesitate to leave it to Dr. White. You're going to have an amazing experience like me. Post-op-- no pain at all. You can have a light daily life the day after the surgery. I've been sullen for 10 weeks, and I've had a quick recovery, I'm satisfied with both size and shape. For your information, I'm 38 years old, I put 425cc implants on my left and 450 cc on my right! I was surprised at his surgical skills and I was surprised again that 450.425 cc implants were in my chest. Dr. White, you're a really good doctor, and his staffs are also very professional and friendly."- O.K. / Google / Aug 04, 2020
"The most important factor in obtaining a good result from your cosmetic surgery is the surgeon you choose to perform it. I am so proud of the decision I’ve made to choose Dr. White. If I had researched this much for my schoolwork, I would have gotten A’s on my papers. This is probably the only good thing that happened in my life in 2020!I had rhinoplasty second week of June. I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am. I had no pain, mild congestion (of course!). Not any surgeon would have done this, you need an artist and a real doctor like Dr. White. The only uncomfortable part was the sleeping position. Besides the shape and size, the best part is that I can breathe!! I already like it with the swelling, and I know I’m going to love it when the swelling goes down."- P. / Healthgrades / Aug 03, 2020
"Very Happy with my Experience with Dr White - I love having cleavage and feeling curvy! - It's been a few years since my surgery and I'm still very happy with the results. Everyone on the team at Dr White's office has been great. No complications at all. I've recommended him to a few friends. I went from 32B to 32DDD. Hopefully my pictures speak for themselves. I love having cleavage and feeling curvy!"- S. / RealSelf / Aug 02, 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
- Procedure Recovery Location