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 went to Dr. White for a breast augmentation. I am in my mid-twenties and have never had any prior surgeries. I thoroughly researched plastic surgeons and came across Dr. Steven White. I set up a consultation and was planning to schedule a few other consultations with other plastic surgeons. My main concerns were having a doctor listen to accomplish the outcome I was trying to achieve, and as someone who actively works out my limited activity. Additionally, I wanted to make sure I was getting my procedure done in a hospital. During my initial consultation with Dr. White, I was very impressed with how thorough he and his staff were to explain the procedure as well as taking the time to answers my questions and address my concerns. I left the consolation feeling confident in Dr. Whites ability and did not seek any other consultations with plastic surgeons. Dr. White performed the procedure and I am extremely pleased with the outcome. He delivered everything I was looking for in the surgery. He and his staff educated me throughout the process. The post care and follow up appointments were very thorough. I would highly recommend Dr. White to anyone who is considering a procedure that he does, especially breast augmentation."- P. / Google / Sep 09, 2021
"Dr. White and his team are truly the best!! A little over two years ago I came to visit with him and his staff. I had always told myself after having babies if I needed help putting everything back in place I would. After my last baby I kept putting if off, more nervous about the whole "how will this turn out". I was recommended to Dr. White by a friend who had an augmentation with him, I was blown away with her results. That put me more at ease, but the moment I met him and his staff, I knew I was ready! HIs knowledge and care of every detail. He graciously answered all my concerns and questions, never once making me feel rushed out the door. He took time to go over all the options I had. Explaining in detail surgery and recovery, emotions I may go through and how to handle it all. After walking out of his office the first visit I knew I was making the best choice. The 8 hour tummy tuck was worth every minute. I only wish I had done it sooner! His tender care during surgery showed , in that I had no bruising, and was up and moving around the next day. Recovery went as planned. I hit every bench mark and improved quickly. I would and do recommend Dr White to anyone considering plastic surgery. Not only is the best, his staff is so friendly. The days I had to bring my 5 kids in the office with me, they would play with them and keep little hands busy so I could focus on visiting with Dr. White. Such sweet smiling faces. Dr White had told me that by summer I would be wearing a bikini. I smiled and laughed. Not only did he prove me wrong and get compliments on how amazing I looked. I have gone on to become Mrs. Tarrant Co, and will be competing for Mrs Texas wearing a swim suit on stage! I will get to do in confidence knowing that my stomach rocks because of Dr. Whites hard work and care over me. If you are considering plastic surgery look no further. You will not find a better Dr! Mrs. Tarrant Co"- LB / Office Visit / Aug 30, 2021
"Dr. White is a brilliant, caring & compassionate plastic surgeon. He is extremely passionate about giving his patients the body they desire & he believes in precision surgery to get them the best possible results. I consulted Dr. White for a tummy tuck after losing some 70lbs. I had been overweight most of my adult life and even though I had lost all this weight, I was nowhere close to having the figure I wanted. I was apprehensive about getting such a complicated surgery & had doubts about the results, but Dr. White allayed all my concerns during the initial consultation. He explained the procedure in detail, showed me the numerous before and after pictures of his patients and took the time to answer all my questions. I signed up that very same day & it is the best decision I have ever made. The entire process was smooth & well planned. Every little detail had been thought through – the pre and post op instructions were discussed with me, I was required to watch videos so I would know what to expect and how to take care of myself post surgery. Dr. White took 8+ hrs to perform the operation and even removed a hernia I had. The result was perfection! I had a tiny waist, the cutest belly button & a very low scar. I had not even imagined that such an extraordinary outcome was possible. There was no bruising & hardly any pain. I could not recognize my own body in the mirror. After my excellent experience with the tummy tuck, I went for the breast lift. Mine was a difficult case, given my large breast size (36DD) & age, but Dr. White pulled off another amazing feat. My breast lift look like breast implants. As with the tummy tuck, there was no bruising & no pain. Even Dr. White was thrilled with the unbelievable results. I don’t know if there is any other doctor who works so tirelessly to deliver such exceptional results for his patients, to give them a body they desire, to give them the best possible scar, all while ensuring that they have minimum pain & discomfort. Dr. White has transformed my body & given me my confidence back. He has given me an hourglass figure that I never even thought was possible. He is like Michelangelo, who was given a damaged piece of marble to carve David & he created a masterpiece. Thinking of Dr. White’s commitment to his patients, one of Michelangelo’s quotes comes to mind, “ I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free.” That’s what Dr. White did for me. He worked meticulously to set the real “me” free. I am forever indebted to him."- MC / Office Visit / Aug 30, 2021
"Dr. Steven J. White and his team are THE BEST. I was referred to him by a friend and was immediately blown away by his background, attention to detail, bedside manner and ability to explain his recommendations. Dr. White brought my ab muscles back together (abdominoplasty) after I had two children. The results have been absolutely amazing. I would recommend USA Plastic Surgery to anyone who was considering him or looking for the best plastic surgeon. I will use him again for any procedures in the future."- E.R. / Google / Aug 24, 2021
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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