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've always struggled with being confident in certain clothing because of my small breasts. I've recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. White and I couldn't be happier. I chose to schedule a consultation with Dr.White after reading all the amazing reviews and seeing his before and after photos. After the consultation, I felt so lucky to find not only an amazing Dr. that was well educated and talented, but he also made me feels so comfortable. One thing I liked most about the way Dr.White does his procedures, is that he chooses a sizing based on the pictures that I sent him and what would fit most proportionate to my body. The results were very natural and I would recommend him to anyone. Not only was Dr. White amazing, but so was his staff!"- L.M. / Google / Apr 14, 2021
"The entire experience I have had with Dr. White and his staff has been AMAZING. I was able to get scheduled very quickly, and every phone call that I have made since surgery has been answered. Everyone is so friendly and I couldn’t be happier with my results! You won’t regret choosing Dr. White!"- H.N. / Google / Apr 06, 2021
"I have wanted to get a breast augmentation most of my adult life. I never felt confident and proportionate. After having two kids, it just got worse. My biggest fear was choosing the wrong surgeon and hating the outcome. I researched online and got opinions from friends about who they used. I never felt confident after looking at the reviews on those surgeons. When I came across Dr. White, I was blown away by the amount of positive feedback. I decided that why not at least go for a consultation. My initial phone discussion with the wonderful office staff set aside a lot of my nerves. They were super nice and helpful. Going in to the consultation I was so uncertain if I would be able to just get implants or if I would need a lift; what type of implant should I get; what size implant should I go with; I had loads of questions. After visiting with Dr. White, I never felt more certain that I had come to the right place. He listened attentively to what I was wanting and he really truly cared about making sure he could give me the look I had been wanting for so long. He explained to me that while I could possibly benefit from a lift, he felt confident that we could go with a larger high profile implant that would bring my breasts up higher and create a more proportional look. He went over the gummy bear implants and how safe they are and that they have the most natural feel. The day of the surgery I was honestly not even nervous. I was so excited to finally be there! The hospital staff was just as nice and I felt super confident in their care. My initial follow up was the very next day and then every two weeks for a couple of months. Dr. White is very vigilant that you complete your daily arm raises and exercises. They are extremely uncomfortable but he stressed to me the importance in the healing process and settling of the breasts. He is the only doctor I have heard of that is critical of these practices and I truly feel is a large reason as to why he has such great success. I am currently almost 4 months post surgery and I could not be happier with the outcome! They settled perfectly symmetrical and with the type of implant he used, it even brought my nipples up to more center to the breasts. They also feel extremely soft and natural. Dr. White truly changed my life! This surgery brought a level of confidence in myself that I have been missing for so long."- S.R. / Google / Apr 06, 2021
"Multiple pregnancies left me with a wide diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation. After years of physical therapy, I was told surgery would be my only option to fully correct the issue. I began to research surgeons and came across Dr. White early in the process. I found that, despite hours of researching different surgeons and techniques, I kept coming back to Dr. White. After scheduling my tummy tuck consultation with him, I was confident he was the surgeon that would give me the best results. I was most concerned about my health and safety. Not only does Dr. White go above and beyond to make sure you have all the information you need, but he also sends you to get a full physical to ensure you are healthy before surgery. My surgery went great and I awoke in recovery to Dr. White already showing me pictures of my new tummy! My surgery went into the evening hours, but I was told by my nurse that Dr. White had already called to check on me just a few hours after surgery had ended. He was the first to help me out of bed the next morning and he walked the halls with me. He also stopped by the surgery center multiple times to check in on me when he wasn’t scheduled to do so. I never had to take anything other than Tylenol for mild discomfort and I experienced no bruising from the surgery. It is also important to note that the nurses that care for you see a lot of plastic surgery patients. I was told that Dr. White’s results are consistently great and that he would be the surgeon of choice for them. I am over a year out and I absolutely love my results. Dr. White always makes you feel as if you are his only patient, and I truly believe he treats every procedure as a unique case. It is extremely rare to find a doctor who loves his work and cares about the end result as much as Dr. White does. One of the things I was most impressed with is that he is always working to fine-tune his surgical techniques. He has even developed his own instruments to make sure the best results are achieved. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his amazing team in the office. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and have helped make this process a seamless one for me. Dr. White is a brilliant and gifted surgeon. I highly recommend him! I often tell people that if Dr. White operated in every specialty, he would be the only call I would make if I needed a procedure."- M.C. / Google / Mar 11, 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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